By its own count, Mattress Firm now has just over a dozen shops open inside the 610 Loop after closing its 202 Westheimer location next to the (also recently shuttered) Njoy Thai restaurant on Sunday. The full-strip store pictured above took over from Hollywood Food & Cigars #3 and its neighbor Tejas Boots under the name Mattress Pro 3 years ago before its parent retailer scrapped that pseudonym and rebranded all of its locations under the Mattress Firm moniker.
Over the last year, the chain’s shut down hundreds of stores — reports USA Today‘s Nathan Bomey, who echoes other murmurs that the retailer’s South African parent company Steinhoff could soon file for bankruptcy. And as the legal battle between Mattress Firm and a trio of brokers it says profited through reckless dealmaking continues to play out in court, the company’s been hit with another suit. In it, mattress brand Tempur-Pedic — which lost its contract to sell products in 3,300 Mattress Firms last year — alleges that the retailer’s “Therapedic“-branded product line is a copycat version of its own bedding and that gullible consumers will be “will inevitably be confused and harmed,” by the knockoffs.
- Mattress Firm is ‘conspiring’ to sell bogus mattresses, Tempur-Pedic alleges in lawsuit [USA Today]
- Previously on Swamplot: Mattress Store Conquest of Westheimer Continues with Hollywood Food & Cigars Takeover; One of Houstonâ€™s Keenest-Witted Local Explorers Once Rated Houstonâ€™s Top Convenience Stores. Hereâ€™s What Became of Them;Â A Change Afoot at Old Tejas Boots Home on Westheimer; Westheimer Bootmakers To Reopen Shop a Few Blocks West on Westheimer
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