North Texas art collectors have a new place for their stash

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A new storage facility in North Texas caters to an elite clientele.

Instead of the usual place to store that old couch or camping gear, the Las Colinas building will serve as a place to store artwork, collectibles, and more.

Dallas art collector Howard Rachofsky and art advisor John Runyon are teaming up with New York-based Uovo to create the 85,000 square foot Irving Project.

The partners are renovating an existing Irving building to house the operation at 2111 W. Walnut Hill Lane. The building previously housed the operations of a clothing and accessories company.

Uovo bills itself as the nation’s leading storage and logistics provider for art, archives and collectibles with facilities in New York, Delaware, Florida, California and Colorado.

Secure, air-conditioned storage centers offer both concierge service in shared spaces and private storage rooms for individual customers.

Uovo also provides custom packaging and crating for artwork, documentation, and other services to collectors who need a place to store their items.

The company built its first factory in New York in 2014. It recently opened a site in San Francisco.

“We are excited to enter the Texas market at a pivotal time in the growth of our business,” Steven Guttman, founder and co-chairman of Uovo, said in a statement. “With the addition of our Dallas facility, led by an incredible team of art logistics professionals, Uovo brings its expertise to a market that has long been important to our customers.”

Rachofsky is recognized as one of North Texas’ foremost art collectors. Runyon owns a Dallas-based art consulting and management company.

“We look forward to bringing Uovo’s premier art storage and services to the Dallas-Fort Worth community,” Rachofsky said in a statement.

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