More than two decades ago, two families in the real estate business sensed a need in our community. Twenty-five years later their business acumen and commitment to providing a necessary and affordable self -storage service has enabled them to grow a business with over 70 employees, 15 locations, and all anchored on Staten Island through its corporate offices located in Willowbrook.
Stop & Stor is pleased to announce that this month they are celebrating their 25th year anniversary.
As professionals in the real estate industry, the Henick and Simon families witnessed the growth of Staten Island’s communities and interacted with the many families looking to build their home and their future here. This experience naturally translated into forming a family-owned partnership – Stop & Stor – assisting our community and beyond with a service needed by a growing borough.
As the company grew the principals of Stop & Stor – Ken Henick and his son, Jeff, along with Morty Simon and his son, Neil, – had a vision of the type of service they wanted to provide to their customers leading them to open up self storage facilities that were drive through; affordable; clean; and equipped with uniformed and professional staff.
Stop & Stor’s first storage facility at 780 Gulf Avenue in the West Shore section of Staten Island is still operational (opened in November of 1988) and was the first outdoor storage facility in New York City. From day one, Jeff Henick was responsible for operations of this Staten Island storage location, and now 25 years later, is Chief Operating Officer responsible for close to 18,000 customers.
Jeff Henick has a philosophy: Offer a superior product, quality service, with professional and courteous employees. “I enjoy giving our customers the very best in the self-storage industry. Plain and simple, We Care about our customers.” Jeff’s philosophy and leadership has contributed to Stop & Stor’s reputation as “New York’s Self Storage Leader.”
“Every day Stop & Stor delivers on a basic need – extra space! From the basic move from one house to another, to the downsizing during the golden years, to fellow business owners who just need to store and secure their records, we provide an option – an affordable, clean, and secure one,” said Neil Simon.
Providing a quality self storage service is just one piece of the company’s fabric at Stop & Stor. Being part of a community and setting an example of leadership giving is essential to Stop & Stor’s operating philosophy. Through the Stop & Stor Charitable Fund, the company has given back to every neighborhood where it does business. The fund supports a diverse range of organizations with a major focus on education, arts and culture, community development, humanitarian, government, animal protection, beautification of parks, and medical research.
The fund has given over 1.5 million dollars in donations since it began in 2002. Examples of the type of organizations the company has donated to are: Fund for Public Schools, all N.Y.C. Public Libraries, Wounded Warrior Project, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, City Harvest, Doctors Without Borders, AmeriCares, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Wildlife Conservation Society, A Very Special Place, and the Boy Scouts of America. The Stop & Stor Charitable Fund also responds swiftly to crises and natural disasters across Staten Island and across the world. The fund is currently in the process of identifying an organization to support that is helping the victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines.
Some of the Staten Island charities supported by Stop & Stor are: Adopt A Highway, American Cancer Society (Staten Island Chapter), A Very Special Place, College of Staten Island Center for the Arts, Foundation For the Advancement of Autistic Persons, Meals On Wheels of Staten Island, National Lighthouse Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanic Garden, Staten Island Ballet, Staten Island Community Services, Staten Island Museum, Staten Island Project Homefront, and Staten Island Children’s Museum.
Incidentally, the Staten Island Division of the Boy Scouts honored Jeff Henick at an event this month for the support the organization has received from Stop & Stor.
Although Stop & Stor’s roots are in Staten Island, it has branched out and now has self storage facilities in all of New York City’s boroughs including self storage units in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bronx, and Queens with the exception of Manhattan.