By Brad Meyer
By the Numbers:
Storage 105 ? 32 acres
Poplar Business Park ? 20 acres
New development space ? 6 acres
Storage space ? 1,400 units
Business suites ? 24, with more being constructed
Storage 105 is the “Storage King” of South Texas ? and getting ready to expand even further.
When there’s no more room for prized possessions and keepsakes in the garage, the attic or the back porch, it’s time to start looking for a safe, secure place to store belongings that are too important to get rid of.
That’s the reason entrepreneur Jack McClanahan created Storage 105 & Mail Store in 2005. The popular facility, located between Conroe and Montgomery, is easily recognized because of the giant, ten-story 30-ft. by 60-ft. American flag flying proudly in front.
“It’s hard to get a sense of the size and scope of our operation driving by,” said McClanahan. “But we have been expanding and getting bigger in response to public demand just about every year ? and we’re not done yet.”
Expansion of facilities and services continues at Storage 105 & Mail Store. The facility has more than 1,400 storage units on just over 32 acres of land. It’s the largest facility of its kind in the Houston metro area and the second largest in the state of Texas. In recent years, McClanahan added an additional 20 acres for the creation of the Poplar Business Park, offering secure facilities for a wide range of customer service businesses and light industry.
“The response from the public has been great,” said McClanahan. “We’ve been able to expand our operation to better serve area residents and businesses.”
Storage units start at small, closet-size five feet by five feet and go up to 20 feet by 90 feet, the larger units well suited to housing larger boats, RVs and other vehicles in secure privacy. Climate controlled storage spaces are available as well. Got a propane tank that needs filling? They can handle that as well.
“We’ve also added a new covered parking area with a roof that is 15 feet tall,” added building manager Richard Maynard. “If you have something to store, we can handle it.”
In addition to traditional storage, McClanahan has added other business services to the operation. Storage 105 & Mail Store offers mailboxes and shipping via UPS, DHL, U.S. Postal Service, Fed Ex and Lone Star Overnight. They also have boxes, packing materials and other extras to help make the shipping process simple and easy.
“We’ve recently added notary services and bulk paper shredding services,” said sales manager Sherri Schmidt. “We really are a one-stop-shop for storing or shipping personal or business materials.”
A recent addition to the facility in 2017 was a new, upgraded security system and access gate that includes required security code access and egress. The new PTI Security gate system offers “Easy Code,” a mobile smart phone app for easy access and door alarms with email alerts, so storage unit owners are alerted and know right away when the door to their unit has been opened. Security also includes HD camera surveillance 24/7, individual door alarms and tracking of tenant code usage with an onsite property manager.
In addition to serving the storage needs of the community, McClanahan is well known for his community involvement. He was a strong supporter of the Lone Star Honor Flight program that helped transport more than 500 local World War II veterans to Washington D.C. to see monuments and memorials built in their honor. He still hosts a special veteran event every Wednesday at 9 a.m. where veterans of all eras gather for coffee and conversation. Complimentary refreshments are provided each week, donated by area restaurants, businesses and volunteers.
“It’s really heartwarming to see these vets get together,” said McClanahan. “We’re proud to have them here.”
In addition to his support for veterans, McClanahan is active with the law enforcement community in Montgomery County. He has opened his facility up to assist in the training of canine units responsible for detecting illegal drugs and explosives.
“We originally built Storage 105 as something to do in our retirement,” recalled McClanahan. “But it’s become a way to give back to the community. That’s a good thing.”
Storage 105 & Mail Store is located at 13921 Texas 105 between Conroe and Montgomery. For information, visit www.storage105.com or call 936-588-1900.