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by BRAD ROLLINS

PODS Enterprises Inc., which has transformed the moving and storage industry in little more than a decade and a half, will shutter four of its Central Texas facilities and consolidate distribution in San Marcos, company officials say.

The Clearwater, Fla.-based company will build a 56,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility off Clovis Barker Drive on a tract fronting a partially completed extension of Leah Avenue, said Glenn Couch, a vice president at Uniprop, a Birmingham, Mich.-based real estate investment company.

PODS will invest $9.5 million, including the undisclosed cost of acquiring about 18 acres, to establish its new San Marcos facility, Couch said. The real estate executive said the city’s access to Interstate 35 and Texas 130 made San Marcos an attractive regional home base for PODS Enterprises.

“When it came time to consolidate our operations into one central location for our Austin and San Antonio markets, the San Marcos region was an obvious choice,” Couch said.

The new facility will create 15 warehouse jobs, said Greater San Marcos Partnership President Adriana Cruz, who announced the company’s recruitment this week.

“Location was the key as the company was looking to locate both their Austin and San Antonio markets into one main site. The city’s access to Austin and San Antonio combined with build-to-suit opportunities will increasingly prove to be some of our biggest assets as we continue to recruit jobs to and increase investment in the two-county region,” Cruz said.

On Sept. 23, the San Marcos Planning & Zoning Commission approved a final plat dividing RSSO LLC’s 40-acre Uniprop subdivision into three lots. A week earlier, the city council had approved RSSO’s petition to extend a wastewater line along the Leah Avenue extension to the rear of its property.

Founded in 1998 by former firefighter Peter Warhurst, PODS maintains an inventory of more than 140,000 of its portable shipping containers which more than 100 franchisees deliver to customers’ doors in 46 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Bahrain-based Arcapita Inc. bought PODS Enterprises in 2008 for $451 million, Business Observer, a Sarasota, Fla-based weekly newspaper reported last year. In September, a jury ordered U-Haul International Inc. to pay $60.7 million in damages to PODS in long-running trademark infringement lawsuit against its larger competitor, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported.

COVER: From humble origins as local moving company in Florida, PODS Enterprises has gone international. It’s ubiquitous white portable storage containers now number 140,000, company officials say. originally published. It is made available here through a news partnership between the Texas Tribune and the San Marcos Mercury.

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