A-Plus Super Storage, located just off University on 82nd street, was the first established location more than 20 years ago.
The self-storage business, in the past, may have been thought of as simply boxes and items, stored in dingy, side-by-side units of metal, but a Lubbock man has blown the roof off that traditional mindset and has brought the industry into a shiny new age of steel.
Michael Postar doesn’t just consider himself to be the owner of Affordable Storage and A-Plus Super Storage, he said he is also the leader.
His mantra, “If you are not growing, you are dying,” doesn’t just apply to business, it spills over into his life.
The Texas Tech University graduate and longtime Lubbock businessman began his education in the business world as a young man moving lawns. After learning that trade and growing it into a business, he expanded to a holiday lighting company.
After triplets were born to him and his wife, Lori, he said he knew his 12-hour work days would need to come to an end, and he sold the lighting company, but not before he had established a storage business.
A-Plus Super Storage, located just off University on 82nd street, was the first established location more than 20 years ago. Since that time, the business has multiplied exponentially to include 13 self-storage locations in Lubbock, 11 warehouse shops, Gargoyle Steel Structures construction company, and storage facilities in San Angelo and Midland.
“My vision hasn’t changed, it has evolved,” Postar said. “It’s all about the customers and people who work with you. They help you evolve.”
Postar’s storage business has grown to include self-storage, RV storage and shop warehouses. He utilizes the steel company he owns to build his own storage facilities and other companies’ units, and runs a storage facility management business. Because he has hands-on control of his businesses from the ground up, Postar said the design specifications are innovative and at or above industry standards. Also, every detail, in each store, is overseen and duplicated to provide the best experience for his customers.
Each location has an on-site manager during business hours and Postar inspires his staff to operate their locations in a manner he describes as being perfect, every day. The offices are carpeted for comfort, cleanliness is an understood edict, bowls of chocolate are filled to enjoy, and there is even a VIP area for snacks and drinks.
Dressed business casual and gesturing with enthusiasm, his voice and demeanor demonstrating passion for his life and business, Postar said he believes business is a correlation of the owner and his vision, dreams and values, and he has set up his business to match his beliefs. He believes his staff are more than just employees, and immerses himself in interaction with them in personal matters from family to finances. He conducts monthly meetings and utilizes various forms of visual collaboration. His conference room is set for frequent video conferencing and he produces videos to personally address company issues. The company also holds internal contests and staff members make funny videos and have Christmas decoration contests at their store locations to compete.
Just about anywhere you drive in Lubbock, you will see one of Postar’s businesses, whether labeled Affordable Storage, Affordable RV & Shops, A-Plus Super Storage, Add-A-Closet or Storage Today. If there is not an actual storefront to be seen, it may be one of the plots of land he purchased in strategic locations around the area for future builds. The newest project is just west of University on FM 1585 and is a massive conglomeration of three products – self storage, RV storage and warehouse shops. Postar said it is another evolution in his business and something no one else has done - bringing three industries together in one location.
For Postar and his staff, it’s about more than collecting a pay check. He said it’s about using the success of the business to give back to the community.
He and his company give back through the American Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels and more. His passion extends beyond his family including his wife and their triplet boys, now 11. Postar’s outreach also includes serving on the board and actively participating in Make-A-Wish Foundation and Communities in Schools.
“I serve on the boards to give back more than money. I give my time and time is more valuable than money. I have a passion for what I do. I want to leave a legacy,” said Postar.
By Kim Lehman