Report: 5 Georgia stores to close in Mattress Firm bankruptcy

There will be less stores across the nation selling big, comfy mattresses.

And in Georgia, five of those stores are set to shutter soon.

Houston, Texas based Mattress Firm, the nation’s largest mattress retailer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday in Delaware.

In a release, the company said it plans to close up to 700 of its 3,300 stores across the nation and that process could be completed within 60 days. The company declined to clarify in its release which stores would be closing and when they would shutter, but the release says that about 200 stores are expected to close over the next few days.

According to court filings obtained by USA Today, at least five Mattress Firm stores in Georgia will close soon. They are located at:

• 1290 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, 30068
• 3045 North Dug Gap Road SW, Dalton, 30720
• 2907 Washington Road, Building 4-402, Augusta, 30909
• 7601 North Point Parkway, Suite A, Alpharetta, 30009
• 4696 Log Cabin Drive, Suite A, Macon, 31204

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Mattress Firm’s media relations office did not immediately respond to questions from the AJC. An employee at the Alpharetta location set to close, who said he was “fresh out of training,” said he was aware of the bankruptcy filing, but didn’t know if his store was closing.

The closings will happen in “certain markets where we have too many locations in close proximity to each other,” Mattress Firm CEO Steve Stagner said in a statement.

Decisions about additional store closings will be made in the next few weeks, the company said.

No notices of closings or layoffs at Mattress Firm stores in Georgia had been posted to the state's Department of Labor's website as of Friday afternoon.

There are 11 Mattress Firm’s in Gwinnett County, 21 in Fulton County, seven in DeKalb County and 11 in Cobb County, according to the company’s store locator tool on its website. In a statement, Mattress Firm said it anticipates all deliveries to remain as scheduled.

According to court documents, one of Mattress Firm's biggest expansions was between 2011 and 2012, when it acquired 236 Mattress Giant stores across Georgia, Texas, Florida and Missouri.

Mattress Firm was founded in 1986 and now has about 10,000 employees. Over the years, it has absorbed other mattress companies, having acquired Mattress Pro, Sleep Train, Sleep Country USA, Discount Mattress Barn and Sleepy’s all within the past 15 years.

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