Abundance of local mattress stores sparks conversation

By Michael Sudhalter
msudhalter@fortbendstar.com

CaptureFort Bend County’s population has exceeded 700,000 and is expected to reach one million within a decade.

The Mattress industry understands the rapid growth and continues to place more stand-alone mattress retailers along high-traffic corridors.

Mattress Overstock, a family-owned mattress store on Hwy. 6 in Missouri City, has been there since the growth began to boom.

“It’s a great area with a lot of growth,” said Mattress Overstock manager Jeanette Arrez. “We offer better pricing because we buy in bulk.”

Even with the addition of numerous Mattress Firm and other mattress retailers, Arrez said there hasn’t been any shortage of business.

Efforts to reach Mattress Firm’s corporate office were unsuccessful, but Mattress Firm Chief Operating Officer Ken Murphy told NPR Houston that the planning of retail locations “begins with a real estate strategy…we want to make sure we are where our customers are shopping.”

Part of that strategy is opening up stores along high-density traffic corridors, such as Hwy. 6.

The abundance of mattress stores has created conversation and cynicism in the community as evidenced by multiple Facebook posts.

Recently, Deborah Jackson posted on “Missouri City Concerns”, “every single time, I turn around there is another mattress store going in. What’s up with that?”

And it drew nearly 20 comments.

Missouri City residents are eager to see a variety of different stores come into the community – a sentiment expressed by Kelsey Mossong, on the post.

She said she was hoping to see a new restaurant or “literally anything other than a mattress store.”

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