WINFIELD, W.VA.—Mattress retailer Innovative Mattress Solutions has purchased Mattress King of Alabama, according to iMS CEO Kim Knopf.
The 19-store Mattress King deal, gives iMS 150 stores in six states. Headquartered in Winfield, W.Va., iMS operates as Mattress Warehouse, Sleep Outfitters and Mattresses Unlimited in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, and now Alabama.
Mattress King is based in Huntsville, Ala., and also operates stores in the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa markets. Owners Wayne and Kay Koswoski opened their first Mattress King in Huntsville in April 1989. The company grew to 19 stores despite losing two stores to tornadoes that swept through the state on April 26, 2011.
The Koswoskis, who plan to retire, said it took a long time to find the right company to sell to. “We have been blessed to see our company grow during trying times in our industry,” said owner Wayne Koswoski. “When other companies were closing stores, we were opening more. Kay and I are excited about retiring…almost as excited as we are for our employees. This acquisition will allow them all some wonderful opportunities and career paths greater than what we could have provided on our own.”
Son, Joseph Koswoski will continue the Koswoski legacy joining iMS as a corporate level executive.
“This is a win-win. It’s a wonderful opportunity for my parents as well as me and the other Mattress King employees,” said Joseph Koswoski. “Partnering with iMS allows us to take this company to a whole new level. I’m more excited than ever to see where this takes us.”
IMS stores carry a wide selection of the latest innerspring and memory foam mattress sets by Sealy, Simmons, Stearns & Foster and Tempur-Pedic, as well as adjustable bases by Tempur-Pedic and Ergo Motion, Protect-A-Bed mattress protectors, Dream Fit sheets, and memory foam pillows by Tempur-Pedic and others.
Mattress King carries the same mattress brands, plus Englander.
It was unclear at press time whether Mattress King would change its name.
Contact: Karen Keck, Chief Marketing Officer