A Vancouver-based storage facility chain has expanded into a Washougal location, formerly a Boise Cascade storage facility, filling in demand for more storage units during the pandemic.
Iron Gate Storage opened its eighth Clark County location at 321 C St. It’s open under a temporary permit, but founder and co-owner Glen Aronson said he expects a permanent permit in a few weeks. The renovated property fixed an “eyesore” from the buildings that had fallen into disrepair, he said.
Occupancy for Iron Gate Storage has gone up about 4 to 5 percent during the pandemic, Aronson said, but unpaid rent has also increased about 5 to 6 percent.
“I’m not sure why it’s gone up,” he said. “I guess it would be that people have more time to clean houses and organize. There’s a lot of remodeling and construction. Some businesses are shrinking and looking for places to store things.”
Self-storage units and mini-warehouses saw a spike in business in 2017, but gross revenue for all Clark County storage businesses combined has since fallen by about half, to about $344,000 a year, according to the Washington State Department of Revenue.