The first self storage facility located within the Borough of Kutztown hosted it’s Grand Opening celebration on May 10.
The owners offered tours of Kutztown Self Storage at 50 Apple Alley, along with refreshments.
“I think it’s a great idea for Kutztown, especially for the college students,” said Kutztown Mayor Sandy Green. “This is a great opportunity and it’s a great use of this building. It’s a nice addition, something different but something welcome in our town.”
Owners Dale and Louann Reppert’s concept for a self storage facility in Kutztown started two years ago when their daughter Tristin, moved back into the area from Washington, D.C. With her return came her belongings and no where to store them. Tristin, now 26, has since moved back to D.C. but she couldn’t take all of her belongings with her.
“It’s all over our house,” said his wife, Louann.
“We recognized there’s no self storage in Kutztown,” said Dale. The couple lives just outside Kutztown.
At the same time the property of 50 Apple Alley was available for sale. They purchased the building that once housed the national guard, completed renovations with help from contractor Andy O’Neil of O’Neil Enterprises in Kutztown and they created the self storage building.
“It all really started with our daughter,” said Dale.
“And we’re going to be renting one of the units,” said Louann, noting their need to store Tristin’s belongings.
The couple never anticipated getting into the self storage business.
A medical condition forced Dale to retire from his former career as senior vice president at Morgan Stanley. They decided to open a self storage facility to help provide income.
“And help people store stuff,” Dale said with a smile. “We found a purpose for an old building. We cleaned it up and we made an old building new again and by doing so we’ve provided a good service to the community.”
Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tammy Gore welcomed the owners to Kutztown.
“It’s nothing but a win-win for everybody. This is a niche that has needed to be filled for some time. We have all these students with furniture and stereos and books, and instead of carrying them home every year, they can store them here,” said Gore. “It’s a need that hasn’t been met in this community so I think it’s great.”
Gore likes that Reppert took the old Armory building, “which was becoming an eye sore” and restored it.
“It looks nice and it’s a nice addition to the neighborhood, so we’ve used a building that’s been sitting vacant and we have a viable business that has been needed in this community. It’s just a win all around,” said Gore. “We’re really happy to welcome him to the community.”
Kutztown landlord Peter Smith of Eagle Point Property Management also said the facility is great for the town.
“It’s certainly needed in town and it’s a great asset to have this building put to good use,” said Smith.
Many of the students who rent apartments move back home during the summer but don’t want to move big furniture but Smith needs the apartments empty to do maintenance and cleaning.
“This allows them to keep it in town at reasonable rates so it’ll certainly help us to do business with them,” said Smith.
Kutztown Self Storage offers interior storage with secured building access as well as a nine camera 24-hour security system. It will offer climate controlled units as well as non-climate controlled.
For more information, visit kutztownselfstorage.com or call 610-737-5509.