U-Haul opening self-storage facility in historic Rickhouse Distillery

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – U-Haul recently acquired the historic whiskey Rickhouse at 1170 Manchester St. in Lexington. Now, it plans to turn it into a new 1,400-room self-storage facility at 1170 Manchester Street.

The U-Haul Moving & Storage of Distillery District will cater to Lexington residents, University of Kentucky students and other local colleges. The store will have indoor climate-controlled self-storage units for rent, truck and trailer sharing, towing equipment, boxes and moving supplies and more.

U-Haul acquired the sprawling 197,504-square-foot building that sits on 7.96 acres on Oct. 20, 2021.

Christopher Minnich, U-Haul Company of Louisville president, said that his team is working closely with the tenants who are operating out of the building and will remain on the first floor indefinitely. This group includes the distillery operation.

Additionally, Minnich said he intends to maintain as much of the building’s original character as possible during the renovation process as the upper floors are converted to storage rooms.

“This building dates back to 1933 and is full of the rich history this state is famous for,” Minnich stated. “We are honored to preserve this piece of Lexington’s past while giving it a new purpose. U-Haul has been renovating historic buildings for decades through our adaptive reuse program. We know the people of Lexington will love the finished product, and we’re excited to grow our investment in this community.”

U-Haul of Distillery District will be the third U-Haul-owned and -operated store in Lexington, and the Company’s 15th store in Kentucky. There are also 34 independent small businesses in Lexington serving do-it-yourself movers as U-Haul neighborhood dealers.

Acquisition of the distillery property was driven by U-Haul Corporate Sustainability initiatives: U-Haul supports infill developments to help local communities lower their carbon footprint. The adaptive reuse of existing buildings reduces the amount of energy and resources required for new-building materials and helps cities reduce their unwanted inventory of unused buildings.

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