SOURCE: Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI)

Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI)

March 15, 2011 18:08 ET

Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. Acquires Industrial Facility in Canada for Redevelopment Opportunity

2nd Acquisition in Canada and First Redevelopment Project

MISSISSAUGA, ON--(Marketwire - March 15, 2011) - Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI), a publicly registered non-traded REIT targeting the self-storage market, recently acquired an industrial building in Ontario, Canada for a self-storage redevelopment opportunity. The total purchase price was approximately $5.6 million in an all-cash deal.

In November 2010, Strategic Storage Holdings, LLC (SSH) -- an affiliate of SSTI -- agreed in principle to a joint venture with Toronto-based Budget Development Partners (Budget Development), a developer and manager of self-storage properties. The venture involves actively acquiring operational self-storage properties, as well as building new self-storage facilities or redeveloping existing industrial buildings throughout Canada.

"This redevelopment project is a perfect example of the many opportunities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)," said H. Michael Schwartz, SSTI's chairman and CEO. "We are on target to complete the redevelopment of the industrial facility by September, with the goal of renting self-storage units shortly thereafter." 

The self-storage development plan consists of 101,000 net rentable square feet with 800 units and will be rebranded under the SmartStop(SM) Self Storage trade name. Located at 3136 Mavis Road in Mississauga, the facility is 14 miles from downtown Toronto near the intersection of Dundas Street and Mavis Road.

"This high profile retail location is a great example of what we're looking for in our Canadian markets," said Jamie Bennett, a Canadian native and senior partner with Budget Development. "We believe we can set a new standard in self-storage for the quality of location, product and service."

Budget Development is the exclusive developer and on-site sub-property manager for SSH in Canada, specializing in identifying self-storage opportunities for acquisitions and handling on-site development and management. Budget Development will develop and sub-manage the new facility on behalf of SSTI.

"Locations like this will set us apart from our self-storage competitors," said Reade DeCurtins, a senior partner with Budget Development, who is spearheading real estate acquisitions in Canada. "We're working hard to identify only the very best and most convenient locations for our customers."

Mississauga is recognized as Canada's 6th largest and fastest growing major city with a population of 729,000 residents representing cultures from around the world. Mississauga is home to Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada's largest airport.

Since the launch of SSTI in 2008, SSTI's portfolio of wholly-owned properties has expanded to include 56 properties in 16 states and Canada.

About Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI)

Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI) is the first and only self-storage REIT in the public non-traded REIT marketplace. SSTI is one of five publicly registered self-storage REITs in the United States and is one of the fastest growing REITs nationwide. The Strategic Storage Trust management team is comprised of industry veterans with extensive institutional experience in the acquisition and property management of self-storage properties. The REIT's storage facilities are branded as SmartStop(SM) Self Storage throughout the country. Its portfolio includes approximately 37,000 self-storage units and 4.7 million rentable square feet of storage space. SSTI's sponsor is Strategic Capital Holdings LLC, which manages a growing portfolio of over 7 million square feet of commercial properties, including 5.5 million square feet of self-storage facilities, with a combined market value of over $761 million.

For more information about SSTI, please call 949-429-6600 or visit www.strategicstoragetrust.com.

To view our properties and locations or to find a nearby storage facility, visit www.smartstopselfstorage.com.

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