SOURCE: LifeStorage Centers, LLC

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December 16, 2010 14:15 ET

LifeStorage's South Loop Location Wins 2010 Self Storage Facility of the Year Award

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - December 16, 2010) - LifeStorage of South Loop (State & 24th) has just been named 2010 Facility of the Year (Conversion Category) by Mini-Storage Messenger, the leading international self-storage trade magazine published by MiniCo Insurance Agency, LLC.

A full-length article profiling the State Street facility ran this week in the December 2010 issue of Mini-Storage Messenger.

"It is an honor to be chosen as Facility of the Year by MiniCo," said Christopher C. Barry, principal for LifeStorage Centers, LLC. "Their publication is the industry leader in self-storage, and we are very gratified that they recognized the extensive and detailed work we put into creating the beautiful LifeStorage facility on State Street."

The store was chosen by MiniCo in the Facility of the Year Conversion category to honor the extensive renovations that LifeStorage completed on the building prior to its opening in 2009. The historic building was originally constructed in 1911 and has undergone multiple owners and renovations over the past century.

"We knew the building had potential when we purchased it," said LifeStorage principal Jean L. Jodoin, "but we also knew that there would be a great deal of structural and architectural work involved in the renovations. The building had been abandoned for many years, and so it needed a lot of attention."

The facility resides in a regentrifying area of Chicago's South Loop. Where drug dealers once ruled the streets, smaller businesses and shop owners have begun to open for business, attracting middle-class apartment dwellers -- many of whom need storage. With the help of architect David Wytmar of Groundwork, LTD, Barry and Jodoin created a plan that would honor the vintage charm of the original building, yet modernize it into the 21st-century self-storage brand that LifeStorage has created across the Chicago area.

"This was the right building at the right time," said Barry. "The neighborhood was turning around, and we were excited to be a part of that transformation." Today, the State Street store, located at 2361 South State Street is one of LifeStorage's busiest storage facilities in Chicago.

For more information, go to http://www.lifestorage.net.

LifeStorage was founded in 2002 by owners Jean Jodoin and Christopher Barry, who set out to not only improve the image of self-storage, but to become the leader and innovator of unique yet affordable self-storage solutions. "We are bringing self-storage to a new level of excellence by providing indoor facilities that are cleaner, climate-controlled, and more secure," said Barry. "We insist on outstanding customer service and a corporate-wide dedication to being better than the competition. We choose our sites carefully, hire only customer-focused store managers, and create the ambience of our centers to reflect the LifeStorage brand."

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