SOURCE: Strategic Storage Trust

December 22, 2008 15:33 ET

Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. Closes on Purchase of 500-Unit Storage Facility in Northern Virginia

LADERA RANCH, CA--(Marketwire - December 22, 2008) - Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI) today announced it has finalized the $4.7 million acquisition of a 500-unit self-storage facility in Manassas, Va.

The newly acquired storage center is located in the fast-growing Interstate 66 corridor about 27 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. and contains approximately 49,000 rentable square feet of self-storage space.

The closing of the purchase from Godwin Store-It, LLC brings a third major property into the portfolio of SSTI, a publicly registered ($1 billion of common stock registered) non-traded REIT based in Ladera Ranch, Calif.

"Manassas represents our first venture into the lucrative Northern Virginia self-storage market," said H. Michael Schwartz, SSTI's Chairman and CEO. "It's an investment with good cash flows and great opportunity for us to add value through customer service and operational savvy coupled with the latest technology in the industry."

The center, with five two-level storage buildings located on 2.3 acres near the major traffic intersection of State Highways 28 and 234, was built in 1996 and expanded in 2000.

Surrounding Prince William County has a population of approximately 359,000 and its future population growth rate is expected to be 4% annually.

SSTI's strategy is to identify key properties nationwide for acquisition, with prospects of capitalizing on creating greater efficiency in a real estate sector that is comparatively stable but also fragmented among many smaller owner-operators.

Like the initial purchases, the latest acquisition and the others that are pending will be realized mostly with cash or low leverage. Schwartz said SSTI's aim is to structure purchases in this fashion to keep the momentum going even through this volatile credit market.

"Over the next 12 months, the market could be seen as the best of times if you don't need debt or the worst of times if you do need debt," Schwartz said. "We are cautiously optimistic. For us, change is good and this is certainly a time of change."

About Strategic Storage Trust, Inc.

SSTI is a publicly registered ($1 billion of common stock registered) non-traded REIT with a portfolio that currently includes more than 1,800 storage units and 196,000 rentable square feet of storage space. Strategic Storage Trust's sponsor is U.S. Commercial LLC, which manages a growing portfolio of 5 million square feet of commercial properties, including 2.9 million square feet of self storage facilities, with a combined market value of over $574 million. www.strategicstoragetrust.com.

Information in this press release was primarily obtained from the appraisal of the Manassas Property. Although we believe this independent source is reliable as of its date of issuance, the information contained therein has not been independently verified and we cannot ensure the accuracy or completeness of this information. As a result, you should be aware that the market and demographic data contained in this press release, and beliefs and estimates based on such data, may not be reliable.

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements can generally be identified by our use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "continue," or other similar words. Because such statements include risks, uncertainties and contingencies, actual results may differ materially from the expectations, intentions, beliefs, plans or predictions of the future expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, but are not limited to: uncertainties relating to changes in general economic and real estate conditions; uncertainties relating to the implementation of our real estate investment strategy; uncertainties relating to financing availability and capital proceeds; uncertainties relating to the closing of property acquisitions; uncertainties relating to the public offering of our common stock; uncertainties related to the timing and availability of distributions; and other risk factors as outlined in the Company's prospectus, as amended from time to time. This is neither an offer nor a solicitation to purchase securities.

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