Sofia Storage - History and Timeline
1880 – 1899: Theodoro Sofia traveled from Italy to America in the 1880’s to start a better life. After settling on Intervale Avenue in the Bronx, NY, he sent for his childhood sweetheart, Theresa, whom he married.Their family grew to include six sons and two daughters.
1900-1909: Theodoro’s eldest son Charles worked down the street at the Intervale Avenue Stables and soon became the stable manager.
1910- 1919: In 1910, the opportunity arose to buy the stable, and with the help of their mother, three of their sons Frank, Theodore, and John, began Sofia Brothers. When more and more requests to help haul large items using their horses and wagons, they found themselves in the moving business. Soon after, it was time for the Sofia Brothers to make another change and they decided to convert the building from Intervale boarding Stables to their first storage warehouse.
1920-1929: As other businesses grew during this era, so did Sofia Brothers. With a need to expand, the Sofia Brothers built their second warehouse at 4396 Broadway in Washington Heights which became their main location.
1930-1939: Sofia Brothers business survived the depression, however they suffered the loss of founding brother, Frank.
1940-1949: WWII caused many people to emigrate to NY, and Sofia Brothers overseas packing and crating business expanded. The Sofias’ purchased a second building, Kent Garage at 43 West 61st Street, which once converted, became the tallest warehouse in the world. Sofia Brothers were agents for North American Van Lines.
1950-1959: In 1952, Theodore and John acquired the Metropolitan Storage Warehouse at 475 Amsterdam Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In 1955 the second of the founding brothers, Theodore, passed away. His sons, Theodore Jr. and Alan, joined the company and helped to expand the commercial moving and storage division.
1954: Sofia Brothers moved Ohrbach’s Department Store.
1960-1969: John Sofia’s sons, Frank, John Jr. and Leonard joined the company. Business expands into Brooklyn with the acquisition of the Peter F. Reilly Storage Warehouse as well as downtown Manhattan, with the purchase of 139 Franklin Street.
1976-1978: Sofia Brothers & North American Van Lines moved King Tut Exhibit around the U.S.A.
1980’s: Sofia Brothers moved multiple tenants into 277 Park Avenue.
Sofia Brothers moved the first tenant into One Astor Plaza
1983: Sofia Brothers chosen to move Bank of America into new offices. Third generation Loren and Frank Jr. join Sofia Brothers.
2010: Sofia Brothers celebrates their 100th Anniversary!
2011: As Sofia Brothers celebrates it’s 101st year anniversary, another member of the Sofia family, Amy Sofia, joins the Sofia team.