Like most business owners, Jerry Anderson believes growth is a sign of success.
If doubling the size of his Dundas Self Storage business is any indicator, the area businessman has definitely found a modicum of success.
Anderson is in the process of adding more storage units to the business located on Hwy. 3 and County Road 1. Currently, he said, the business has 34,000 square feet of units.
Crews are in the process of pouring large concrete slabs that will be the foundation of the new storage units. Mike Healy, owner of Healy Construction Company out of Faribault, said on Friday that in excess of 500 cubic yards of concrete will be poured.
“This is a big job and we’re happy to be involved in the project,” Healy said.
Once the expansion is finished in mid-October, Anderson said that will nearly double to a total of 60,000 square feet, as units of various sizes — from 5 x 5 to 12 x 24 and all sizes in between — are constructed.
“We’ve grown with the community,” said Anderson, who noted that Dundas Self Storage has expanded five times since opening in 1980, the last being more than 10 years ago. “We’ll continue to grow because it is a strong service business.”
Anderson said the self storage expansion doesn’t just serve Dundas. He’s of the belief that Dundas and Northfield are one business community and that as a business owner, he has to look at the region as a whole.
“We have two cities and one business community,” Anderson said. “One business helps feed another business.”
Dundas City Administrator John McCarthy agrees with Anderson’s description of business in the region. He does, however, hope that Dundas can bring in more businesses that will create new jobs.
“Any improvement is good for the area and will make a significant contribution to the property tax base,” McCarthy said. “Unfortunately, the land where the expansion is taking place is prime real estate.”
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