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Storage Facility to Occupy Old Shopko Store

Zach Wilson, WVIK News
The old Shopko store at 2000 36th Avenue in Moline, which will be occupied for the first time in nearly 20 years by Storage of America.

Nearly 20 years after it closed, the old Shopko store on 36th Avenue in Moline will reopen as a storage facility. The company Storage of America plans to build 800 storage units of varying sizes just two months after opening a store in Rock Island. The units will be climate-controlled to prevent extreme temperatures from damaging the items in each unit.

Executive Vice President Derek Walker says the demand for storage facilities is relatively underserved in the Quad Cities, and the company loved the building in Moline.

"This was a good building, it had good bones, and good open space. It'd be a nice easy conversion, and a pretty good location with decent visibility."

Since it opened in August, Storage of America's Rock Island store has already filled 150 of its 500 units. Walker expects Moline to have similar success.

He says while many "big box" retail stores are becoming obsolete and closing, storage companies are prime candidates to fill them.

"Most of our tenants are families in transition that just need a place to keep their stuff for a few months or a year. And then, we also have a lot of business tenants, so it supports the local business community. So even though it's not as 'sexy' as retail, it's very needed and brings a great service to the community."

The new storage facility at 2000 36th Avenue in Moline will open in the next couple of months.