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DECATUR — U-Haul is opening a new self-storage facility at 1155 E. Pershing Road, the site of a former Kmart that closed in 2016

A grand-opening event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the new location will unveil the facility with a behind-the-scenes tour. The event will also include giveaways and lunch. 

The 119,862-square-foot building has 860 indoor self-storage units and 40 outdoor drive-up units. All self-storage units include high-tech security features, the company said in a statement. Development of the U-Haul facility took more than two years. 

Aaron Freeman, president of U-Haul Company of Illinois, said several benefits come from refurbishing the building "that may have otherwise been slated to be torn down."

"We are preserving innumerable resources, preventing unneeded waste in landfills, as well as helping conserve CO2 emissions," said Freeman in a statement. 

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