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Darlene posing in front of the counter at A-1 Self Storage on Hotel Circle in San Diego, CA.

Self Storage Milestone: Happy 12-Year Anniversary to Darlene!


Here at A-1 Self Storage, we know our success is due to our wonderful team. The care they give our customers is unparalleled, and we want to highlight their milestones along the way. Below is an interview with Darlene, who is celebrating her 12-year anniversary with A-1 Self Storage.

Darlene works at A-1 Self Storage in San Diego’s Hotel Circle. 

Afton: Hi, Darlene! Thank you for talking to us today about your 12-year anniversary with A-1 Self Storage. Let’s dive in. Has your job changed since you first joined? 

Darlene: Yes, I was hired in November 2006. They promoted me to Store Manager in May of 2007.

Afton: Do you have advice for anyone thinking about working in self storage for the first time? 

Darlene: Watch, learn, and listen. Be prepared to meet all kinds of people from all walks of life.

Afton: What makes you want to continue working with this company?

Darlene: The Caster family is the reason I am still here. They have supported a lot of organizations in the community. They take care of the employees as well.

Afton: What is it like to be a part of self storage as long as you have?

Darlene: It is exciting. I am proud to be part of this company.

Afton: Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in becoming a manager or making self storage their life-long career?

Darlene: Accept and adjust to all of the changes.

Afton: Do you have any tenants that you’ve grown close with over the years

Darlene: Yes.

Afton: How was your life 12 years ago?

Darlene: I was 20 lbs. heavier 12 years ago! Working here involves a lot of walking and some cleaning.