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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Wal-Mart is building a new store in Augusta

UPDATED — Wal-Mart, which is working on a number of deals for Neighborhood Markets here, continues to be active in the greater Wichita area.

The Arkansas retailer is looking to build a new store in Augusta.

Wal-Mart is negotiating for land on the west side of the city along Highway 54, which also is called Seventh Street, directly to the west of Parks Chevrolet.

At a planned approximately 110,000 square feet, the new store would be more than double the size of the current store, which is on the north end of Augusta. That store will close when the new one opens.

A Wal-Mart spokesman didn’t return a call for comment.