ZUMBROTA -- Zumbrota area residents will soon have more places to store their stuff.

Zumbrota Climate Controlled Storage, owned by Michael Coats, is gearing up to launch soon at 2101 180th Ave. Coats hopes to have at least some of the 53 climate-controlled storage units ready for use by Nov. 1.

Coats acquired the 25,000-square-foot Zumbrota retail center in May. In January, Dollar Tree’s Family Dollar opened an 11,000-square-foot store in the building. He also owns a building in Chatfield that houses a Dollar General store.

Once the Family Dollar opened in Zumbrota, that left 15,000-square-foot of unused space in Coats’ building.

He decided to use 11,000-square-feet of that empty space to create a new storage operation.

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While climate-controlled storage businesses have been booming throughout the area, Zumbrota hasn’t seen much direct development.

“There’s tons of them (storage businesses) going all over, but we’re kind of a spot that hasn’t been hit by much storage,” said Coats.

After getting the required blessing of the Zumbrota City Council due to economic development funds restrictions on the property, Coats started construction.

Once Zumbrota Climate Controlled Storage opens, that will leave 4,000-square-feet of open space. He is looking for tenants to fill that slot.

This is the latest evolution of the Zumbrota retail center that was built to house an Alco store. Alco operated there from 2007 to 2015, when the company shut down all of its stores.