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One of the first PODS franchise owners, Bob Eales, is industry leader, innovator

JACKSONVILLE, Fl.) – As one of the first PODS® franchise owners in the United States, Bob Eales is considered by many to be an industry leader. In 1998, when Eales was first introduced to the concept of portable on-demand storage (PODS), he immediately recognized that the innovative moving and storage idea would become the wave of the future.

“PODS’ simple concept of allowing customers the flexibility to fill their PODS container on-site and at their own pace is ingenious,” said Eales. “From the very beginning, I knew that this business idea made perfect sense and wanted to be a part of it.”

In September 2000, two years after being first introduced to PODS, Eales opened the doors to his first franchise location in Daytona Beach, Fl. The following year he opened two more Florida locations, one in Jacksonville and the other in Melbourne. Port St. Lucie is home to his fourth location, which opened in January 2004.

The PODS business model allows customers to fill a PODS container at their own pace and then either store it on site, secure it in a climate-controlled storage center or move it across town or across the country. From the translucent top, which allows ambient light to pass through and illuminate the inside, to the patented Podzilla lift system that can deliver a PODS container right to your front door, PODS containers are uniquely designed to make moving and storage easy.

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In ten years Eales´ organization grew from 17,000-square-feet of warehouse space to over 154,000-square-feet of space today. Eales, working with his store managers, now serves a large section of eastern Florida that covers over 250 miles. “Ten years ago we had four employees. Today, we employ 25 people and hope to continue growing in the future,” said Joe Lourcey, manager of the Melbourne and Port St. Lucie Storage centers.

PODS containers are made of steel frame construction with an aluminum skin. The 12-foot and 16-foot containers can withstand winds up to 110 miles per hour when partially filled.

For information about PODS, call (386) 274-2378.

PODS Locations:

PODS Greater Daytona Beach Area Storage Center, 1590 Jimmy Ann Drive

PODS Greater Jacksonville Area Storage Center, 8498 Mallory Road

PODS Greater Melbourne Area Storage Center, 3101 Skyway Circle

PODS Greater Port St Lucie Area Storage Center, 601 Mercantile Place, NW

Information: PODS.com, or call (386) 274-2378

http://www.californiachronicle.com/articles/view/175813

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August 12, 2010 - Posted by | Moving | , , , ,

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