MakeSpace Expands On-Demand Self-Storage to Chicago, D.C.

March 3, 2015

6:30 pm

MakeSpace, the New York, NY-based startup offering a self-storage solution, just announced its expansion of its on-demand, local self-storage services to Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C. While the company offers its storage services to people throughout the contiguous United States, prior to today, its local delivery service was only available in NYC. With this announcement, local residents and businesses seeking storage solutions across both Chicago and D.C., can utilize MakeSpace’s efficient and simpler approach self-storage.

“We’re thrilled to bring our beloved New York City service to Chicago and D.C. residents who need a storage solution that works for their busy, on-the-go lifestyles,” said MakeSpace founder and CEO Sam Rosen, in a statement . “With MakeSpace, users never have to visit a storage facility again. We will pick up, store and redeliver users’ belongings, whenever it’s convenient for them.”

According to MakeSpace, those living in Chicago can start utilizing its local service today, while those in D.C. will have to wait until April for the service to launch. The company’s local, on-demand, self-storage service was initially only made available in NYC because of the proximity to its first warehouse (located in Jersey City, NJ). The announcement today isn’t necessarily a surprise, though – when we first spoke with Rosen last October, he told us about the company’s plans to expand the local service to two cities outside NYC. Currently, the company offers its self-storage solution to other people across the country; partnering with UPS, MakeSpace offers MakeSpace Air, which ships users with durable boxes that are shipped to their door and picked up and delivered to one of MakeSpace’s warehouse facilities.

It costs consumers $25 per month for four boxes (plus $6.25 for each additional box) to use MakeSpace. These boxes are then stored in the company’s 24-hour-monitored warehouse facility, and users simply demand online whenever they want any boxes shipped back to them. The company creates a visual catalog of what’s stored in each storage bin, so you’ll always know exactly what’s in each one.

Since its founding, MakeSpace has received $10.1 million in total funding from investors like Upfront Ventures, Founders Fund, and Ashton Kutcher. Right now, if you refer a Chicago friend to the service, you and that friend can each get $25 in MakeSpace credit.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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