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New Times: Downsizing? Think Storage.

January 07, 2010

Downsizing? Think storage.
Meathead Movers is offering brand-new, secure storage units at bargain prices.

Aaron Steed and his brother Evan are about to open a state-of-the-art storage complex five minutes from downtown SLO.

Do-it-yourself moving from house to house can be a hectic, demanding chore that gets more exhausting, not less, with repeated moves. When downsizing to a smaller space is the goal, where to put treasured items that simply won’t fit becomes a major additional concern. Meathead Movers understands the quandary and is building modern, roomy, secure, yet affordable storage units close to downtown SLO that can take the pressure off people eager to economize.

“After the success of Meathead Movers, it seemed only natural that we should move into the storage unit business,” CEO and President, Aaron Steed, said. “Now we can offer our famous service to those who need the extra space in-between moves.”

The units are under construction on the site formerly occupied by 84 Lumber. It’s an extensive project, which will reach completion in May. “We’re really proud to have been able to upgrade the 84 Lumber site into something with more eye appeal that suits this beautiful county,” Steed elaborated.

The storage units will range in size from footprints of 5 feet by 5 feet to 12 feet by 30 feet. Each storage unit has a water sprinkler, and will be constantly patrolled. There will be 24-hour surveillance. Vice president Evan Steed stated: “We are using the latest technology and surveillance systems to ensure the highest level of security for our valued clients who store their belongings with us.”

Meathead will also offer 14,000 square feet of shelter for commercial storage. That huge area could serve as a warehouse or distribution center, is completely dividable, allows for drive-ins, and is 20 feet high.

The Steed brothers said conservation is a particular goal of the storage complex construction. When removing the existing building, Meathead recycled or reused 80 percent of the material. They plan to plant more than 280 native, drought resistant trees and shrubs on the property, which will be irrigated with recycled water. More than 20 percent of the 6.2-acre complex will be open space to preserve natural beauty around the facility. Other green features include LED lights, the use of natural lighting wherever possible, double-paned windows, and heavy insulation.

“We’re doing our best to give back to the community. Whether it is by the use of green materials, the best customer service, or providing great jobs to local employees we strive for excellence in all aspects of this business,” Aaron Steed said. “We already have a branch office in Camarillo, and we’ve moved clients long distances throughout California. Someday we would like to expand to become one of the nation’s top moving companies, but we will always stand by San Luis Obispo County. I don’t see us leaving SLO ever.”

Special offers are available during the construction period. Call 541-MINI (6464) or visit

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