Archive for February, 2016

Construction Begins on New Pacific Beach Location in San Diego, CA


100_3567We are proud to announce that we’ve started on a 114,000 square foot A-1 Self Storage facility in the Pacific Beach community located at 2740 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA.  In addition to the storage facility, there is a Sonic Drive-In planned for a portion of the property. Both projects are on schedule to open in November of 2016.

The addition of this A-1 Self Storage location will help to meet the storage needs of the Pacific Beach community and its neighbors. Customers will be able to rent a unit using our state-of-the-art online rental platform, or visit the office anytime Monday-Friday 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday-Sunday 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Additionally, customers will be able to access their units from 6:00am – 10:00pm every day.  A-1 Self Storage makes renting a unit easy and convenient whether you have a 9-5 job or a student at University of San Diego.

“The Caster Group looks forward to opening our newest A-1 Self Storage location in Pacific Beach, making it our eighteenth store in the San Diego market.” said Brian Caster, President and CEO of A-1 Self Storage. “Given its prime location on Garnet Avenue and Mission Bay Drive, plus easy accessibility to the I-5 freeway – this property possesses great potential.”

The Caster Group is looking throughout California and Texas to purchase raw land, existing facilities, projects in fill-up and projects that are entitled but not built. If you have any of these opportunities, please contact Bryan Underwood via e-mail at or call 800-219-4854 ext. 164.


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Now Hiring Customer Service Representative for Sales Center!

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Call_Center_CSRWe are currently seeking a part-time Customer Service Representative for our Sales Center in the Mission Valley area of San Diego, CA. The position involves handling inbound telephone sales calls, consulting, booking reservations, accepting credit card payments, and providing superior customer service. Other duties include handling online inquiries & reservations via e-mail and “live” chat, assisting our rental/payment kiosk customers remotely, meeting individual & team sales goals, and maintaining accurate records. The ideal candidate must be highly motivated, detail oriented with great organizational & multi-tasking skills.

A-1 Self Storage currently owns and operates 48 self storage facilities throughout California & Texas.  A-1 Self Storage is a 50 year old family-owned company headquartered in San Diego, and is one of California’s premier self storage companies.

Candidates must have flexibility in availability and scheduling; able to work various shifts, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

  • This part-time position offers 20 – 25 hours per week
  • Sales Center Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30 am-7 pm, Sat 8 am-6 pm & Sun 9 am-5 pm

Job Requirements:

  • High school degree or equivalent
  • At least 6 months of telephone sales experience required, preferably in a Call Center environment
  • Previous hotel or car rental reservations experience very helpful, but not required
  • Excellent telephone sales and customer service skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer literate w/ basic proficiency in MS Word, Excel & Outlook
  • Good typing skills (must have the competency to participate in “live” online chats)
  • Must be a team player, yet able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Must be able to pass alcohol/drug screening and thorough background check
  • Bilingual Spanish a plus


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Pantry Organization Tips


IMG_2908Are you constantly searching for food items in your pantry but you can’t seem to find them? Don’t those non-stackable half opened bagged beans, pastas, and flour get in the way? Taking the time declutter and reorganize your pantry will save you and your family a lot of time and money! Follow these tips to help you save time in the kitchen.

Declutter –  The first to step to organizing the pantry is to get rid of old and expired food that you know you and your family will not eat.  If you have extra food that you know that your family will no longer eat then you can always donate it to your local food bank.

Categorize – Next, categorize the remaining food. Here are come common major categories: dry goods, canned goods and jars, boxed items, spices, beverages, and lastly pet food and treats. Once you have categorized you might come across duplicates of certain items.

Pantry Inventory  –  Make a pantry inventory list so you know what you have. Using and inventory list will help keep you organized in the future because you will not run out of staple items.

Organize and Containerize Your Food –  Now that you have everything categorized, put everything back away in organized containers.  Do this by removing all packaging and using stackable containers or mason jars. You do not want open food containers because that will attract pests.

Mason Jar Chalk Labels – Storing your grains like rice, and quinoa in mason jars is a great way to keep track of how much you have and makes for a pretty display as well. All you need is chalkboard paint, painters tape, and chalk. Write the contents of your jars on the label and attach them to either the front or on top of the mason jars. Don’t forget add the cooking time and liquid ratios to the label!

Organizing your pantry is easier than you think! Let us know if you have pantry storage tips you would like to share.

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