Mattress Hub continues rapid expansion

WICHITA — Wichita-based Mattress Hub is continuing its aggressive expansion across the region with several new stores and several more in the works.

“It’s just because we’re crazy, I guess,” says Mark Barrientos, who is partners in the business with Ryan Baty.

Friday, they opened a new 7,000-square-foot store at 611 S. Dugan, which is what Barrientos calls Mattress Mile because of all the mattress competition along there.

“We had a great grand opening response,” he says.

Then it was on to Stillwater, Okla., where a Mattress Hub opened Tuesday.

Next is the Mattress Hub Clearance Center, which will open next month at the Plaza West shopping center at Central and West. That’s where Wal-Mart is building one of its Neighborhood Markets.

Barrientos says the 4,000-square-foot clearance center makes sense because of the company’s 12-month comfort guarantee, which allows customers to return mattresses for up to a year. The store mostly will be stocked with those returns.

In early July, Mattress Hubs will open in Dodge City and Topeka, which will make 14 stores for the 3½-year-old company.

“Yeah, it’s pretty good growth,” Barrientos says.

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Mattress Hub to open at Westgate Market

WICHITA — There’s going to be a new addition to Mattress Mile.

That’s how Mark Barrientos refers to the stretch of West Kellogg where several stores sell mattresses. Next year, that will include his and business partner Ryan Baty’s Mattress Hub.

They’re going to open in a new 7,000-square-foot building in Westgate Market.

“They’re actually building a brand-new building for us right next to the Office Depot,” Barrientos says.

He says that area is a great mix of shops — including competitors — to be a part of.

This will make the fourth Mattress Hub in Wichita, including express stores at Towne East Square and Towne West Square and the new showroom on North Rock Road in the former Ethan Allen space.

The Wichita-based company is opening its 10th store on Dec. 26 in Manhattan.

“It was a great year,” Barrientos says of the company’s growth.

He’s got even bigger expectations for 2011 with a planned seven to 10 new stores in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

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