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Upscale wine locker facility to open in Bellevue in June

A new wine storage facility, Wine Storage Bellevue, will open in June with 422 secure lockers for preserving valued wine collections.

Owned by the Gilroy family, the facility will occupy 8,000 square feet at the new $4.5 million, 120,000-square-foot Stor-House Self Storage located at 1614 118th Ave SE in Bellevue.

Wine Storage Bellevue can accommodate up to 19,000 cases of wine in individual, all-steel storage lockers that range in size from 10 to 200 cases. Locker pricing will start at $18 per month and go to $295 per month.

This will be the third storage facility owned and operated by father and son entrepreneurs, Dick and Patrick Gilroy, along with a third family partner, Dick’s wife, Loraine Gilroy.

“In the year 2000, after 30-plus years in the residential and commercial development business, we decided to pursue a new business opportunity as a family: self storage. Now that we are opening our third storage facility in Bellevue, we wanted to do something really unique that would be well-suited for the Eastside market,” said Dick Gilroy, co-owner of Northward Construction and managing partner in Stor-House and Wine Storage Bellevue.

“We have a growing interest in wine and wanted to create something that would combine our design talents with our current business ventures, “said Loraine Gilroy, owner of the Eastside firm, LG Interiors, Inc., which partnered with Moore Design Associates and Peter Schroeder Architects to design Wine Storage Bellevue.

Wine Storage Bellevue will be open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. A dedicated elevator operated by key-card will service the climate and humidity-controlled storage area.

Inside, the all-steel lockers are equipped with cylinder locks rather than the more commonly used padlocks to ensure that wine collections remain secure.

The new facility will feature something else, as well – a Wine Resource Center infused with Old World Tuscan charm.

The Wine Resource Center is characterized by ornate stonework, leather furnishings, hand-carved doors and a dual-sided fireplace. The partners consider it ideal for hosting wine club meetings and small, private tasting events.

The Wine Resource Center will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or later by appointment.

For more information, call 425-453-2242, visit http://www.winestoragebellevue.com.

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