There’s a new business in South Boston – South Boston Self Storage – and business investor/owner John Cannon says it is a unique facility “next to none” in Halifax County.

“This is an economic development engine here,” said Cannon, at a Thursday morning ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility at 1079 Bill Tuck Highway. “I’m very proud of what we’ve done here; this is first class.”

Cannon cut the ribbon outside of South Boston Self Storage alongside his operations manager Tiffany Conner, his wife Scotty Felton, a real estate agent with Long & Foster, Halifax County administrator Scott Simpson, and Mitzi McCormick, president and CEO of the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce.

South Boston Self Storage is a major investment consisting of 191 units for the storage of furniture, boats, RVs and cars. Customers have the option of a heated or cooled unit or a traditional unit.

Cannon told the crowd at the ribbon-cutting ceremony that he had already leased 20 units even though the facility has just opened, and he has already poured 285 feet of concrete for an additional building on the grounds.

“The need for self storage is pretty strong in Halifax County, and this will provide some new units. The climate control portion of it is very beneficial for a lot of people in the county who have valuables they want to keep fresh and in good standing,” Simpson said. “I would like to thank John Cannon for making this investment here in the county. You’re always a good partner with the county for a lot of creative ideas, and we’re fortunate to have you here in Halifax County.”

Cannon spared no expense when investing in the up-to-date, high technology self-storage facility. The gated facility provides 24-hour access to customers using their pin numbers to gain entry.

The self-storage facility also offers a range of unit options, from 5X5 to 12X30, and customers have the option of exterior accessible units and interior units.

Cannon stated making the facility a secure location was of utmost importance to him because he wants customers to feel safe accessing their units even at night. For that reason, the self-storage buildings are well lit, gated, have multiple security cameras on the interior and exterior of the buildings and emergency exits in each building.

“I wanted to build a facility that was next to none in the county. If you’re going to do something, you do it right or you don’t do it at all,” said Cannon, adding, “Everything I do is based on what’s going to be best for Halifax County in the future,” Cannon said.

Cannon explained he had been considering building a self-storage facility on his Bill Tuck Highway property for years and decided to hire an expert to conduct a feasibility study on building that type of facility in Halifax County. Based on the findings, Cannon decided to build the facility. He added the person who conducted the feasibility study also gave South Boston Self Storage a “triple A+” rating.

The owner believes having the top-of-the-line self-storage facility in South Boston is an important component in economic and workforce development. If a manufacturing company decides to bring its business to the area, members of the company’s management team may need a facility to store their furniture and other household items while they are in the process of buying a home or building a new home, Cannon explained.

Conner, Cannon’s operations manager, agreed, stating, “It’s giving additional resources to the county.”

Cannon has been involved in economic development in Halifax County for 40 years. He was a member of the Industrial Development Authority’s board of directors for 30 years and was chairman for 15 years. He says he is committed to and invested in Halifax County.

“I have been around the world twice, and I would rather be in Halifax County than anywhere else, because of the workforce, because of the taxes, because of the climate. I like the area, and I like the people,” Cannon said.

His investment in South Boston Self Storage on his Bill Tuck Highway property has come full circle. He first started Climate Control, the property next door, in 1970, and the business, now Comfort Systems, USA, leases the building from Cannon.

Customers interested in leasing a unit at South Boston Self Storage can visit or call customer service at 434-572-1112.

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at