Mattress Firm, which blankets Schererville, to close 200 locations

The Mattress Firm at 1519 US Highway 41 in Schererville. Mattress Firm plans to close 200 locations across the country, but won't say where.

Tony V. Martin, The Times

For years, people have wondered how Schererville can sustain so many  mattress stores.

Five Mattress Firms are located along a mile stretch of Indianapolis Boulevard at the border of Schererville and Highland, and a sixth is located about a mile and half down the road. The unusual cluster of so many Mattress Firms, which mostly started out as different brands that Houston-based Mattress Firm all eventually acquired, has attracted national media attention, including from the National Public Radio show Freakonomics Radio and a Fox affiliate in Kansas City. 

Mattress Firm also has locations in Munster, Merrillville, Michigan City, Portage and Valparaiso.


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Now the public should find out how many of those Mattress Firms in Schererville and Highland were actually making money. The company, which was acquired last year by the South African multinational conglomerate Steinhoff International, announced it would be closing 200 locations across the country.

Company officials said they would close under-performing and duplicative stores over the next year and a half, but wouldn't say where.

“We will not be announcing specific stores at this time, however, optimizing our fleet has always been a part of our strategic roadmap and we continuously evaluate duplicative or under-performing stores with this intention," Mattress Firm Chief Real Estate Officer Randy Carlin said. "Any potential closures over the course of the next 18 months are a result of ongoing, case-by-case evaluations of stores and lease end dates and are not specific to any geographical market. In addition we continue to open stores in under-penetrated and new markets so that we may best serve the local community and our employees.”

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Business reporter

Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.