WICHITA — Has the mattress boom gone bust?
That was one reader’s question after noticing that – following the glut of new mattress stores in Wichita the last couple of years – the U.S. Mattress near Kellogg and Greenwich is closed along with the Mattress Hub clearance store at Central and West.
No one with U.S. Mattress could be reached for comment, but Mattress Hub co-founder Ryan Baty says business is great.
“The mattress business is a cutthroat business, but what allows you to succeed over time is giving customers a bigger, better deal and a variety of options.”
Baty says customers begin to focus more on price and options as a market gets saturated.
He says his chain’s clearance store didn’t close, but it did move to Towne West Square to capitalize on foot traffic.
The chain became a Tempur-Pedic Elite Retailer earlier this summer, which Baty says is the top distinction the company awards.
With Wichita already saturated, Baty says he’s working on two more stores in Kansas City, where he already has three Mattress Hubs.
“Our focus really is on Kansas City right now.”