A-Affordable Storage opened its many doors to the Midlothian community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon.

About 40 people filtered in and out of the office for a taco and nacho bar and socializing before the snip of the ribbon.

“We’re really excited to be a part of Midlothian,” owner Mitch Breeden said. “We feel blessed to get to be in this area and this location.”

A-Affordable Storage is the first business in the Mt. Peak Plaza shopping center.

The location is not fully complete yet, but did open with about 295 units for rent and, after they reach 60 percent occupancy, will look to expand, said Holli Scharfschwerdt, A-Affordable Storage financial analyst.

Once phase two begins, they hope to have a total of about 400 storage units, she said.

Breeden explained about 16 years ago, he wanted to get into the storage business and that became a reality about three years ago.

A-Affordable Storage has several locations in Mansfield, Crowley, Granbury and now Midlothian.

“Long story short, we’re making up for lost time,” Breeden said.

He plans to be a household name when it comes to the storage business.

“It’s been a lot of work,” he noted.

Laura Terhune, Midlothian Chamber of Commerce president, welcomed Breeden and his team to the area and gave him a members plaque to hang on his wall.

Chamber ambassador chairman Tommy Blake said the location is great and as Midlothian grows the location will be needed more and more.

“You picked out a perfect piece of property out here,” said Blake as he noted the close proximity to housing developments and even his own home.

He said about 800-1,000 homes will be built in Midlothian this year and all those new homeowners will need a place to store their stuff. This is the place for that and he looks forward to what the future holds for the business.

“We’re so glad to have you guys here,” he said.

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Samantha Douty, @SamanthaDouty

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