Top News

U-Haul to create self-storage units in former Lewis Hat Factory in Truro

The U-Haul Company, which recently purchased the former Lewis Hat Factory building in Truro, is planning to create several floors of self-storage units as well as renting moving vehicles from the location. Pictured above from left are Tracey Higgs, Atlantic Canada president, and Michele Rees, general manager of the new Truro location.
The U-Haul Company, which recently purchased the former Lewis Hat Factory building in Truro, is planning to create several floors of self-storage units as well as renting moving vehicles from the location. Pictured above from left are Tracey Higgs, Atlantic Canada president, and Michele Rees, general manager of the new Truro location. - Harry Sullivan

TRURO, N.S. – A steady demand for moving vehicles and other supplies has prompted the U-Haul Company to open a showroom and storage units in Truro.

“We have three dealers that are constantly busy,” said Atlantic Canada president Tracey Higgs.

“The demand is obviously there. Truro is definitely growing in population. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of storage locations around here.”

The company recently purchased the former Lewis Hat Factory building at the corner of Prince and Court streets.

With 69,060 sq. ft. of warehouse space available, plans are in the works to create 560 self-storage lockers, complete with high-tech security features and indoor climate-control options.

“They will all be individually alarmed units with 24-hour access,” Higgs said.

The first storage units are not expected to be ready until about January. For now, the operation consists of a leased showroom right beside the warehouse building.

Once complete, locker renters will be able to drive right into the building.

“So, you will be able to drive right in and unload your vehicle no matter what the weather,” Higgs said.

Professional hitch installation will also be available.

The site once also served as a bowling alley and some remnants from that operation, as well as few leftover reminders of when it was a hat factory, will be preserved.

“We’re going to keep them and put them in the showroom, try and keep a little bit of history of the building,” she said. “So, anybody who wants to come in and take a look, they are more than welcome.”

Recent Stories