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Lynn's Furniture and Mattress closing in Schererville

Lynn's Furniture and Mattress in Schererville is slated to close.

Lynn's Furniture & Mattress is putting to rest its store at 709 U.S. 41 in Schererville.

The family-owned retailer has posted signs along Indianapolis Boulevard and on its website that the store is closing, everything must go and customers can save up to 90 percent on remaining inventory during a liquidation sale.

The owners did not immediately respond to messages.

It appears to be lights out for the locally owned Lynn's chain, which started in 2001 as Lynn's Bedroom City. The business, which had a "Shop smart. Buy Local." slogan, once operated furniture stores in Merrillville, Valparaiso and Portage, as well as a Clearance Center in Merrillville and Carolina House Furniture in DeMotte, but all those locations have since closed.

Lynn's carried full lines of Serta and Tempurpedic mattresses and largely American-made furniture from manufacturers like La-Z Boy, Southern Motion, England, and Franklin. Owner Scott Lynn previously told the Times his business prided itself on a "laid-back atmosphere" free from pushy salespeople and high-pressure sales techniques.

Times readers voted Lynn's Bedroom City best mattress store in the Region in 2014 and 2015, but the Schererville location was the only remaining outpost for the small local chain.

Lynn's faced fierce competition along Indianapolis Boulevard in Schererville, where around a dozen mattress and furniture stores have clustered in recent years. The boulevard is so clogged with mattress stores that it was featured on the national NPR show Freakanomics Radio and the "Mattress Firm Highland" is three-tenths of a mile – a five-minute walk – away from the "Mattress Firm Highland South."

There are in fact five Mattress Firm stores within a seven-tenths of a mile-long stretch of Indianapolis Boulevard not far north of where Lynn's is closing.

Local real estate agents said such a concentration of one type of retailer likely wasn't sustainable, and it turned out not to be. Bedzzz Direct and Ashley Homestore have both recently put their Schererville locations to bed.

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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.