Storage Firm Benefits from Parking Ordinance
Residents in Odessa, Texas, are scrambling to find a place to park their RV’s after a new ordinance went into effect. However, according to a report by NewsWest9 TV, some companies are coming to the rescue.
The new ordinance prohibits anyone in the city from parking their vehicles on unpaved ground and for storing large units like boats and RVs in driveways.
So managers at Longhorn Storage in Odessa said their phones have been ringing off the hook with people inquiring about not only storing their furniture but storing their cars and RVs.
The company first opened in 2009 and since then has gone through waves of success. In the past two years, they had to wait list people and have even worked with other companies to help those customers find other storage spots, but as of late, they’d been seeing slower business.
“We were in a slow point but that changed a couple of days ago,” Teresa Hunt, assistant manager of Longhorn Storage, said.
She said they expanded their space to include RV storage last year and Odessans are definitely noticing now. In fact, they expect that they will nearly double in profit based on the interest expressed.
At the same time, “we’ve had more calls than we’ve rented out. So I’m not sure if people are waiting. I mean this is the last minute,” she said.
But they realize many people are still testing out the city.
“It depends on if they want to pay the fine. I noticed that the city said that they weren’t going to charge you right then, they were gonna give you warning but I think it’d be a better idea to go out and get them stored,” Hunt said.
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