Between the annual summer rush of students moving and the last impacts of the 2019 Jefferson City tornado, U-Haul Moving and Storage at the University of Missouri said their storage spaces are going quickly. 

The facility gets 75 to 100 calls per day regarding available storage units, according to U-Haul employee Adrian Hendricks. 

"It's what we're known for," Hendricks said. "Anything we have to contain your personal belongings is very scarce."  

Hendricks said the shortage really can be traced to the 2019 Jefferson City tornado. Since the tornado, storage units as well as "U-Boxes" have been scarce. The Columbia location is responsible for keeping up with not only local demand, but also the storage demands from the Jefferson City area. 

More storage units are likely to be readily available during the fall heading into the winter season, Hendricks said. U-Haul is also constructing a warehouse that is expected to be built within the next year and have triple the amount of storage units available now. 

"The college students also have most of our storage units because we are right next to Mizzou," Hendricks said. "Not only that, but the people around Columbia need them as well. Summertime is our busiest season."

Hendricks has one word for those who are looking for storage units: patience.

"Patience is a virtue," Hendricks said.

  • Molly Hart is an assistant city editor at the Missourian. She has previously reported on state government. She can be reached at

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