Business Spotlight: U-Haul opens in Pueblo Complex

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Rental Equipment > Movers now have a local option

By Tris DeRoma

With a nice smile, head for business and a professional can-do attitude, Victoria Work is certainly the kind of U-Haul dealer you’d want to help guide you through a stressful move. But she admits she only wears the trademark uniform on occasion.

“My mother always told me to dress like a proper lady,” she said, sitting behind a desk at her new U-Haul store inside the Pueblo Complex in Los Alamos, dressed in a fun yet modest looking skirt, complete with a leather pair of silver toned sandals and a snappy set of earrings.

But don’t let the outside fool you; Work is all business, coming from a family of business people. If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you may remember John Work, her father, who managed White Rock Builders and was also a general contractor.

It’s been a busy past couple of weeks for Work, as she has been busy starting up her U-Haul business here in Los Alamos while at the same time keeping track of what’s going on at her other U-Haul store in Pojoaque, called “Valley-U-Stor-It.”

With her son also in the moving business with a company called “Moving Angels,” the Work family is pretty much a fixture in the moving business. She started the Pojoaque business in October of 1986, and she added the U-Haul side of it in 1996.

“I was the first woman U-Haul dealer in New Mexico, and at first, the others laughed at me,” she said. “Now, we are all one big happy family. You can do anything if you set your mind to it.”

And now that she’s started a U-Haul business in Los Alamos, both stores act as a perfect complement to each other, as customers have access to a full line of moving supplies. At Valley, Los Alamos residents can also rent storage facilities and acquire more specialized equipment to help them with their move to Los Alamos. It also features an on-site, live-in manager as well as security cameras. She also has an RV and Boat storage business as well.

Her Los Alamos venture is called Abba Rentals, and is located at 1900 Diamond Drive to the right side of the Pueblo Complex.

Hours are: Mon: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the weekends, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“But if someone is late, if they are getting off work or something like that, we will be happy to accommodate them,” she said. The number to call is 412-4830.

Abba Rentals features a number of different sized trailers and trucks, including one 14-foot one 26-foot truck and a tandem axle trailer meant for hauling two to three rooms. The Los Alamos location also features a wide range of moving supplies, including trailer adapter kits and a wide range of boxes. But the big advantage she says is once people are done moving to Los Alamos, they can drop their truck and equipment off at the Pueblo Complex without having to pay the extra cost in rental fees, fuel and time to take everything back down “the hill.”

“I decided to expand because I found that Los Alamos residents were spending $70 on a rental just to move into town,” she said. “Now, it will be considerably cheaper for them.”