Acorn operates 15 self-storage facilities in the Minneapolis metropolitan market
August 31, 2021: Acorn Mini Storage has opened A2 Art Storage & Services, a museum-grade, climate-controlled facility designed specifically to store precious art. The 35,000-square-foot property located in a suburb of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The property converted from a warehouse originally constructed in 1970, the building offers private and commingled storage options, customizable warehouse space, and two meeting rooms that can be used for appraisals, viewings, and other purposes.
A2 owner and President M.E. Kirwan and her husband, Chris, who serves as president of Acorn, spent two years researching potential business opportunities that would complement Acorn before settling on the A2 concept.
“There are collectors in the Twin Cities, our institutions … many of them have been storing onsite due to a lack of a facility at these specifications. So, we felt really good about our prospects here.” Said by M.E. Kirwan
Tenants can choose to store items on their own or have A2 arrange pickup and delivery by professionally trained art-handlers. The facility uses magnetic locks with individually programmed key-fob access. All staff and contractors undergo background checks, and facility access is by appointment only, according to the website.
A2 has leased four private units after renting its first space in May. Though the business is designed to protect artwork, it isn’t solely intended for serious collectors. “We didn’t want this facility to be only for the objects worth tens of millions of dollars,” “It’s really for anything you care about that you don’t have space to hang in your home.” Said by Kirwan .
Acorn operates 15 self-storage facilities in the Minneapolis metropolitan market. Each location also serves as a drop site for the Diaper Bank of Minnesota, which collects and distributes disposable diapers to children in need.