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BestBox: One Year In

Our first year in operation is in the books and the results are in: we’re shaking up the storage industry one unit at a time. We spread far and wide this year—all the way from the snowy mountains of Red Lodge, Montana to hot & humid Alvarado, Texas. While the BestBox brand was quickly popping up across the country, we were relentlessly committed to our customers, providing the safety and convenience they deserved when storing with a Class-A storage facility. Plus, our drive-up, easily accessible units, online rental experience, and talented team of storage experts were key factors to our successful growth. Powered by Keeley Properties means that we have the institutional backing, strategic foundation, and cultural framework to propel BestBox Storage into a major player in the industry. This year was instrumental in establishing a strong pipeline of development and acquisitions and targeted site selection strategy for the years ahead.

2022 was marked by new team members, new sites, and new processes, and we are proud of the growth that we have achieved. We closed on over 100 acres of land, we had 13 groundbreakings, and we are anticipating 12 land acquisitions in Q1 of 2023. With this kind of growth, you’re sure to see a BestBox near you!

“I believe the mission of BestBox is to change the reputation of self storage nationwide. BestBox changes the tone around self storage from ugly, unsafe buildings with abandoned goods to a fresh, safe, secure modern space where people can store their valuables when they need it most.”

-Angela Lemakis, Development Associate

BestBox’s biggest accomplishment in 2022 was closing on 22 development assets across eight states. The team ended 2022 with 10 operating properties across three states, so being able to more than double the footprint nationwide within the first year, then again in the second year, is a huge accomplishment in the startup of this company. In the words of CEO, Rusty Keeley, “we are just getting started.” Even after closing on these developments, the BestBox team has a large, robust pipeline. It’s amazing to see what our small, nimble team has been able to accomplish. With a pipeline of roughly 50 deals, the team continues to visit and analyze new properties every single day, building relationships in the industry that will help propel nationwide growth.

“Our organic acquisition growth continues to be our most impressive achievement. We have and continue to develop and implement various internal operational systems that are essential to our growth.”

-Jeremy Heard, Director of Operations

When we think of BestBox, we think of growth – it’s our middle name. We have hired some key positions, getting the right people in the right seats for asset and property management, ensuring attention to detail at both portfolio and site levels. Over the past year, everything has evolved, from the way we manage to the way we model our deals. As we continue to hire team members, make connections, and add sites, it’s amazing to see our distinct brand pop up around the country with people actively seeking out our self storage services.

“Both our team and our pipeline have grown exponentially in this first year. We are still a small team, and most of us come from different backgrounds. We have learned a lot about self storage and have truly challenged & stretched ourselves to meet goals and build this brand from the ground-up.”

-Maggie St. Geme, VP of Marketing

As BestBox enters 2023, the team has a strong vision for the future of the brand. Every facility will be known for its thoughtful design, top-notch technology and security, and exceptional customer service. Every site the team develops will be strategically planned to each micro market, with the neighborhood in mind, bringing the community readily available, safe, and fun self storage services. Finally, BestBox will be a lean and vibrant platform that can support a wide variety of financially strong assets while supporting a dedicated team focused on driving every day to make it even better.

BestBox is poised to take self storage by storm! Click here to learn more and find a facility near you.


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