With at least 700 new apartment units slated to open on Capitol Hill in 2016, the mattresses for all those bedrooms will need to come from somewhere.
West Coast mattress giant Sleep Train is hoping to corner that market with a shop at Broadway and Harrison.
A spokesperson for the company told CHS the store was supposed to open this month in the space long occupied by a state-owned liquor store, but that it will likely be pushed back.
Selling mattresses in the heart of parking scarce, efficiency unit loaded Capitol Hill would appear to present some tall hurdles for the company. A major part of Sleep Train’s urban strategy involves mattress delivery, setup, and removal services, a representative for the company said.
The Capitol Hill expansion is part of an ongoing growth plan for Sleep Train, which is planning to open 70 stores this year from Bellingham to San Diego. Sleep Train currently has locations in Northgate and Downtown. Last year, Sleep Country USA changed its name to Sleep Train, but essentially remained the same company.
The 400 Broadway E space has struggled to keep a longterm tenant since the state liquor store moved out in 2012. Afterward, the 3,400 square-foot space sat empty for nearly a year when the winning bidder in the state’s auction of rights to operate the liquor store backed out of the deal.
Bettie Page Clothing opened in spring 2013, but by the following summer the Las Vegas-based women’s fashion retailer was struggling with a significant legal setback — the loss of its name. Stripped of its right to invoke the spirit of the pin-up legend, the eight-year-old chain of just over a dozen stores changed its branding to honor founder Tatyana Khomyakova who started the company along with entrepreneur husband Jan Glaser. Tatyana Boutique then shuttered in September 2014. Glaser told CHS at the time that a lack of Broadway foot traffic was to blame. “From the beginning, traffic was an issue there. Even before the name change,” he said.