WICHITA — Mattress Hub is continuing its rapid expansion, this time at home.
The Wichita-based company, which Ryan Baty and Mark Barrientos founded in 2008, is going to break ground on its fifth Wichita site this week.
“We think it’s one of the best real estate positions in the city, and we’re excited to be there,” Baty says.
“Being able to do this at home, being able to go out and still grow in our hometown, that’s what makes this really exciting for us.”
He and Barrientos each live on the west side.
“That’s probably it for Wichita,” Baty says.
That’s hardly it for the chain’s expansion elsewhere, though.
There are 21 Mattress Hub stores in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Baty says he and Barrientos are working on five more in the Kansas City area.
Baty says its their Wichita relationships that have enabled their expansion.
“We’ve got some great relationships,” he says.
For instance, he credits David Harris and RelianzBank for a “practically seamless” deal for the latest space.
“Those guys, they’re fabulous,” Baty says.
Baty says Dave Neal of Dave Neal and Associates is a partner in the real estate near 21st and Maize, though not the business.
Mattress Hub is one of several mattress chains that have been opening stores in the Wichita market.
So is there room for them all?
“Wichita’s a very competitive market when it comes to selling mattresses,” Baty says.
“Everybody sleeps on a mattress when they go home,” he says. “The funny thing about mattresses is 80 percent of Americans hate the beds they sleep on.”
Baty says he and Barrientos want to offer a solution.
“We really try to take a different approach.”