First U-Haul Facility in Rock Island is Emerging at Former Kmart

ROCK ISLAND, Ill: U-Haul is revealing details for its adaptive reuse of the former Kmart building at 3840 46th Ave. in Rock Island.

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Rock Island has been operating out of a temporary showroom since December 2018, offering truck and trailer sharing, towing equipment and moving supplies.

Once the 86,810-square-foot building is renovated, it will feature approximately 700 indoor self-storage units, giving customers access to climate-controlled rooms with high-tech security features at affordable price points. Professional hitch installation, U-Box portable moving and storage containers, propane and more will also be available on the 9.64-acre property.

We are renovating the property to serve as a state-of-the-art moving and self-storage facility, noted Robert Hampton, U-Haul Company of Eastern Iowa president, whose territory includes Illinois border cities like Rock Island. Big-box stores like this can remain vacant and become blight. Our ecofriendly business model encourages the reuse of existing buildings like this one while delivering jobs to the community.

Hampton expects to employ at least 15 Team Members when the store is fully operational. U-Haul will look to hire locally to support job growth within the Rock Island community.

Acquisition of the property was driven by U-Haul Corporate Sustainability initiatives: U-Haul supports infill developments to help local communities lower their carbon footprint. The adaptive reuse of existing buildings reduces the amount of energy and resources required for new-building materials and helps cities reduce their unwanted inventory of unused buildings.

Contact U-Haul Moving & Storage of Rock Island at (309) 948-5022 or stop by to visit general manager Caleb Williams and his team. Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday; 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Reserve equipment at or contact Reservations at 1-800-GO-UHAUL.

We want to serve as a business anchor in Rock Island while meeting the demand of residents for our self-storage product, Hampton added. We are investing in this community. We invite other businesses to follow our lead.

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(PRN | 3 months ago)

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First U-Haul Facility in Rock Island is Emerging at Former Kmart