In 1994, CEO and developer Darrel Johnson established the Affordable Attic Self Storage’s culture of service and innovation with a single, yet simple observation: Climate-controlled storage was not offered in the Rio Grande Valley.
“I was working in real estate at the time,” Johnson said. “I had a client tell me they had to rent two condos upon moving to the Valley — one for he and his wife and one to store their furniture. In that moment, I thought to myself, ‘I need to introduce climate control storage to South Texas.’” The vision of the Affordable Attic was born.
Twenty-six years later, the Affordable Attic offers self-storage at 11 premier locations across the Valley, providing a collection of amenities at each location designed with customers in mind.
“Affordable Attic prides itself in designing storage facilities with service offerings that center around a great customer experience,” said Azael Gomez, director of marketing and real estate development. “We value our customers and work continually to ensure that the Affordable Attic experience stands uniquely apart from any other self-storage company.”
At all Affordable Attic locations, customers can expect 24/7 gate access, video cameras, clean, well-lit facilities, climate-controlled storage units of all sizes, month-to-month no hassle contracts with no hidden fees, and free locks for units.
“When first driving up to an Affordable Attic property, you can see that we are not just another storage facility,” Johnson said. “We seek to be the storage facility that thinks outside the box.”
At select locations, additional offerings include conference room access, Wi-Fi, moving trucks for rent, and the ability to accept and send deliveries — services not offered at more traditional storage facilities. “These are especially helpful for Affordable Attic’s commercial clients,” Gomez added.
The latest innovation introduced first to the Rio Grande Valley by Affordable Attic’s team is Freedom Vault, the first private high value storage solution in the area offering an alternative to traditional bank safety deposit boxes.
Unlike a bank, Freedom Vault has designed a proprietary FV Security Protocol, which takes security to the next level, safeguarding items such as firearms, coin and currency collections, jewelry as well as all types of important documents. Freedom Vault provides customers peace of mind allowing them to strategically store valuables in a commercial vault to guard against burglary, home invasion or natural disasters. The three locations in Harlingen, Edinburg, and Pharr are easily accessible Valleywide.
“Innovation is what we do best,” Johnson said. “After 25 years in business, we are one of the last remaining locally owned and operated self-storage companies in the Rio Grande Valley. Our goal is to continue local ownership and operations for years to come and to provide not only the best services possible, but to also provide quality employment for our great team members.”
Through the years, Affordable Attic has taken measures to reduce its carbon footprint by using alternative energy sources while significantly reducing its annual energy consumption across its locations. “We pride ourselves in not only taking care of our properties but also pushing ourselves to do our part in taking care of the environment around us,” Gomez said. For years, Affordable Attic properties have led the storage industry in using green energy sources at each of its facilities.
Trusted by thousands of customers across the Rio Grande Valley for the past 25 years, the Affordable Attic customer experience is like none other. To experience a business where quality meets excellence, visit your local Affordable Attic Plus for all your self-storage and high value storage needs.
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