U-Haul Converts PA Retail Into Storage

The company has repurposed a 178,963-square-foot vacant Kmart store in Indianapolis. The facility now includes almost 600 self storage units.
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Eastgate. Image courtesy of U-Haul

U-Haul has converted a 178,963-square-foot retail building into a self storage facility in Indianapolis. The former Kmart structure has been vacant since 2014. Starting June 2018, U-Haul began using it as a truck and trailer sharing center. Currently, the facility encompasses 598 self storage units..

Situated at 7425 E. Washington St., U-Haul Moving & Storage of Eastgate is alongside Interstate 465, around 10 miles from downtown Indianapolis and within 23 miles of the Indianapolis International Airport. The asset is near residential areas, with approximately 4,400 units completed within a 3-mile radius, such as the 208-unit English Village and the 184-unit Pheasant Run.

The building was originally constructed in 1969 on roughly 12 acres. Currently, it has indoor, climate-controlled units and wine storage. Characteristics of the facility include high-tech security, online payment option, 24-hour access, moving supplies and towing inspection.

U-Haul has several adaptive reuse facilities underway in the country. In Ammon, Idaho, the company is also converting a former Kmart store into self storage. A  103,977-square-foot retail building is being transformed into 900 self storage units.