Much of the former Lenoir Mall will be turned into a facility for hundreds of climate-controlled storage units.

Mustard Street Management, a company based in Rochester, New York, purchased the major portion of the building, between Waterlife Church on the far north, which was once Belk’s, and Quest4Life Wellness Center on the far south, said Ted Filer, the company’s manager.

Filer said that current tenants of the mall will not be forced out. The building is big enough for more than 2,000 storage units, but there will initially be only up to 400, he said.

Mustard Street Management has opened 18 storage facilities since Filer formed the company two years ago, but he intends to build around 12 a year at various locations around the country.

“It’s a work in progress,” he said.

The facility in Lenoir will be operated by CubeSmart Self Storage, a company that manages over 1,500 locations in the U.S.

Before the new business opens, the old mall must be extensively renovated, Filer said.

“We put a new roof on, we’re putting in new heating and new air conditioning,” and almost everything else will be removed to make room for the storage units, he said. It is not clear yet when the facility will open.

Because of problems accessing supplies for renovations, the facility will not open for at least several months.

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.

Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.