Mattress store eyeing old Borders space in Oak Park

National retailer Sleepy's has submitted business license application

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

It's not official yet, but Sleepy's, a national mattress retailer, might soon be a tenant at 1144 Lake St. — the spot formerly occupied by Borders, which closed its doors in the fall of 2011.

In June the company opened nine stores across the Chicago area, including two in the city and seven others in the suburbs. And the company says it expects eventually to open more than 100 stores in the Chicago area.

The business registration application was filed Thursday in Oak Park, indicating a projected opening date of Nov. 13 in the 6,000-square-foot space.

Loretta Daly, the village's business service manager, said it's important to note that many business applications are filed but are not approved for a number of reasons. In the case of Sleepy's, no formal lease has been signed. A business license can't be issued until that happens.

From the village's perspective, Daly said a large retailer is ideal for the space and fits the village zoning codes.

"The space is appropriate for larger retailers. That's what we would be looking for," Daly said. "They generate a significant amount of retail sales tax."

When asked if she thought Sleepy's would be a positive addition to Oak Park, Daly said, "I think it's going to be up to the market to determine that."

With news of the license application just beginning to filter out, Daly said she hasn't gotten any feedback from the business community.

The Downtown Oak Park business association has been vocal about keeping that specific space open for retail after Border's left. Last year a medical clinic tried to move into the space and Pat Zubak, the organization's former executive director, opposed the move, saying a non-retail use would "deaden the street."

DTOP Executive Director Max Austin-Williams just received notice from the village Thursday and said he couldn't comment yet on DTOP's position on the potential of Sleepy's moving in the space. He said it will be discussed at the group's board meeting next week.

According to a news release from Sleepy's, the company is a privately owned, fourth-generation company with more than 900 retail locations in 17 states from Maine to North Carolina. In June, the company announced it was expanding into the Chicago market.

"Chicago offers an excellent mix of urban and suburban locations and a population that appreciates a high-quality, high-value shopping experience," Jeff Lobb, Sleepy's chief marketing officer, wrote in the release. "We look forward to offering consumers a fresh option when they shop for a new bed."

Initially the company will fill over 150 positions across sales, management, delivery and warehouse, expecting to increase that number by 2014.

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Posted: August 6th, 2013 12:44 PM

I vote for another boutique cupcake store. Even though it would be completely redundant, seeing as we have Crumbs and Sugar Fix right next door, it would still be an upgrade from this. This whole fiasco is turning into SEARS! The once great landmark that's slowly being fizzled out as a relic of the past. The mattress store is just one more nail in the coffin.


Posted: August 6th, 2013 11:49 AM

I am against this proposal and believe the community interest will be served by putting a medical marijuane dispensary instead. I think it would do well and be very uinique!

the dude  

Posted: August 6th, 2013 10:40 AM

Speedway, I only saw the topic just before I commented on here... It says that I don't spend my life hover around the WJ comment sections. But for those who do spend their every waking hour here, it's interesting to see that they care more about a mattress store than other issues in the village.

Anne Costello Johnson from Oak Park  

Posted: August 5th, 2013 3:51 PM

OMG!!! Noooooooo! Is a mattress store all we in Oak Park can attract to such a visible corner?

Scott from Oak Park  

Posted: August 5th, 2013 12:09 PM

ready, set... terrible.

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 4th, 2013 8:56 PM

To the Dude - You write down to Oak Parkers and their attitudes. There are currently 77 comments on the article about conversing with Austin and you, the Dude, didn't write any of them. What does that say about you.

Downtown OP Resident  

Posted: August 4th, 2013 8:54 PM

Actually, the discussion of TIF's is connected to the discussion of Austin. The problem is not race but class as another commenter on a different thread stated and the basic structure of Chicago governance means money is skimmed off for crony capitalist projects and little is left over for basic governance functions which very much impact a community like Austin. Wednesday Journal would do more for Austin by examining the finances of this stuff than a well meaning dialogue with no real "legs".

the dude  

Posted: August 4th, 2013 8:24 PM

Wow, 90+ comments on this, and far less on the article about conversing with Austin. I guess we know where Oak Parker's priority lays.


Posted: August 4th, 2013 4:47 PM

@maggy - That building is not owned by the village of OP, but by a private entity.

Downtown OP Resident  

Posted: August 4th, 2013 2:16 PM

One final point (sorry for the numerous comments but word limits make it difficult to respond adequately): I am surprised that people think a vacancy is better than nothing. Some have to live with or near the second and third order effects of vacancies. They are not pleasant. And numerous vacancies scare off new businesses far more than stores that may not seem glamorous. Again, look at the published studies. Ahem, Wednesday Journal. Chicago has many Econ professors to interview....

Downtown OP Resident  

Posted: August 4th, 2013 2:13 PM

@ Anita: But this is a good educational discussion and I find all the comments of interest. I wish Wednesday Journal would do what the Chicago Reader has done, do a series on local TIF's. The more I read published academic articles, the more skeptical I become that they do anything but create negative pressures on budgets no matter how successful the development. I am a bit shocked that there is no reference to the many, many studies on this subject.

Downtown OP Resident  

Posted: August 4th, 2013 2:11 PM

@ Anita from OP: I don't think it is objecting to preferences. What some are pointing out is that businesses relocate to an area because it makes sense for their business model. To express a preference without understanding this is the same as wishing for the lottery. I don't think the problem is lack of development funds or aid packages. This is more about structural problems w/ local governance related to poor local policy which seems to serve as a barrier to local business development.


Posted: August 4th, 2013 9:51 AM

Yippee!! A mattress store, just what will bring me shopping in that area!!! Especially for the holidays!!!! So happy to see my tax money working, the people at village hall are awwwwwesome to make these decisions for us!! When was the last time they walked around the shopping areas in OP.?

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 4th, 2013 9:34 AM

I miss the bookstore, Borders that was in this location. That was a store that would get me in my car to go to downtown OP and maybe check out some of the other stores while I was there.

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 4th, 2013 9:29 AM

To Violet - No you are right. Rather than incite, a better word would be excite me enough to look into the store instead of walking right past or in my case just driving on by.

Violet Aura  

Posted: August 4th, 2013 8:17 AM

@Get a life: LOL!!!!!!!!!! Sorry Speedway: I was too hasty. Although you intitally wrote 'incite,' I see that you also wrote 'entice' later. Forgive my snark...

Violet Aura  

Posted: August 4th, 2013 8:15 AM

@Speedway: Do they at least ENTICE you?;)

Store Planner  

Posted: August 4th, 2013 6:56 AM

Based on the large size of this location relative to others, Oak Park's Sleepy's could serve as a distribution warehouse for other locations in the Metro Chicago market.

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 4th, 2013 12:35 AM

I came to downtown OP when it was still a shopping mecca. I loved to look into the windows and go into the stores. I don't usually go to downtown OP to wander the shops because they are boring and do not incite me to buy or even look. Mattress store is ok but how often does one buy a mattress? A store of this kind would only draw people who were interested in buying a mattress. OP needs to have many shops that entice the buyer. Small shops with different retail, cooking implements, clothes

KK from OP  

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 11:56 PM

A freaking mattresses shop on the postcard corner of OP? Next to the coin shop that is bound for out of biz within months? Rather have the beautiful building empty than a cut rate store. What's next? Rent A Center? The new Aldi? Better yet...a Pep Boys would round out the bustling downtown scene...please....

Neighbor from Oak Park  

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 11:43 PM

@speedway. True. The parking structure has neither easy access nor free parking, but often seems full enough.

Neighbor from Oak Park  

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 11:26 PM

@jbm. You have a point, but until we get more information we're just fantasizing.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 11:01 PM

Sleepy's in NYC might use a separate facility to maintain stock, but that is not their standard operation style. Perhaps there intent is to just cell the high end in a showroom in OP. Fact is, it is an unknown how many floors they will use in the building. That will determine a lot about the type operation they are planning. They definitely have a plan since they are already showing Oak Park on their internet Sleepy location map.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 10:51 PM

Neighbor - Disagree, the content and amount of posts might not change the Sleepy decision, but it lets the decision makers aware of the residents viewpoint.

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 9:48 PM

Lack of easy to obtain, Free parking.

Neighbor from Oak Park  

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 8:27 PM

It makes no sense for readers to brainstorm and suggest our favorite stores to occupy the site. My question is-with major retailers occupying southeast and southwest corners of Lake and Harlem and Lake as well as a nice park on the northwest corner, why is this site, in particular, as well as others along Lake St. In O.P., still empty? Not a criticism of anyone, but an important question, I think.

Neighbor from Oak Park  

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 8:15 PM

@JimCoughlin. You ask the basic questions and make the basic suggestions that we all need to make intelligent input, ie what is the process of making business application, why are some rejected, who makes these decisions, suggest that the board requests specifics next time Daly is questioned by the trustees re business service operations. I would add, the local newspapers puts this in print with priority reporting.

Neighbor from Oak Park  

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 7:39 PM

@Grumpy. You make a lot of sense. Thanks for the info.


Posted: August 3rd, 2013 6:04 PM

A drive-through Starbucks on Madison would make me very happy.


Posted: August 3rd, 2013 5:18 PM

Maybe an REI would fit into the space of the vacant car dealership on Madison, but Target wouldn't. People have got to learn that each store requires a minimum square feet, and there isn't enough available land in Oak Park to meet Target's needs. Plus Target, as did Aldi's will balk at the Madison building because for some reason it is considered historically or architecturally significant. As we have found, in Oak Park that trumps redevelopment. See the Colt building catastrophe.

Anita from Oak Park  

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 7:25 AM

In response to from Michael O from Oak Park re: development on Madison St-- Agreed! An excellent point. The old car dealership spaces would be perfect for an REI or Target or some other anchoring store on Madison. Also agree with the writer who would love to see a Nordstrom's Rack on Lake. Me too! Not sure why some commentators here object to the idea that some of us have preferences. If you're so open, why do you care that we care about which stores occupy our business districts?

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 3rd, 2013 12:22 AM

Joe S - Cannot see how Loretta Daly get nailed for the confusion in the decision making on retail business. She sure is not the person(s) who created overlays that are confusing and disliked by business owners. She sure does not get strategic help from a planning commission that has lacks retail business knowledge and skills, and a board with minimal business wherewithal during the last ten years (pre 2013). Loretta has done a good job of adding some energy to retail development during the last few years. You cannot blame her for slow processes and indecisive leadership. The village board and staff are poised for change and that is good, though eventually they will have to face the reality that they no longer attract the star companies.

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 8:17 PM

According to Loretta Daly, "many business applications are filed but not apporved for a number of reasons". Without disclosing private or personal informations, I would ask her to share some details about the process and who makes the call to reject an applcation? Oak Park needs to welcome more businesses in to our community and not turn away a legit enterprise. I don't recall if Daly posts on this forum but suggest that a board member request some specifics the next time she is called upon by the trustees to address questions they have about business services operations.

Joe S from Oak Park  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 6:37 PM

Loretta Daly is totally useless. What does she add?

Chuck Mann from Oak Park  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 6:31 PM

As a new resident of Oak Park, I would rather see this space leased than unleased. A mattress store might not be the most exciting retailer but what's wrong with it? Certainly beds are something everyone needs.

Lynda Prischman from Oak Park  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 5:03 PM

A mattress store where Marshall Fields and Borders once lived....sigh. Does anyone remember the futon store just East of there? No? That's because it folded. How about a Nordstrom Rack!

Alan Reed from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 3:53 PM

It's not the store of my dreams, but why not? I'm happy that the space is rented and that tax revenues will be generated. No reason to get upset...

Grumpy from Oak Park  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 2:45 PM

Get over yourselves Oak Park. If it appeases your pretensions any, you see Sleepys all over Manhattan, dozens of 'em: east side, west side, downtown, uptown. And these are just showrooms, not warehouses. People don't drive off with mattresses.


Posted: August 2nd, 2013 2:29 PM

Hanging on to my old mattress so I can pay my property tax bill.

get a life from Oak Park  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 1:57 PM

@Violet, no thank you, but I have no need for a mattress. Like most homeowners in Oak Park, I simply sleep on a big pile of money. But for some reason, the money doesn't quell my outrage over every new business that tries to move here!

OP Transplant  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 12:52 PM

I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure the choice of renter is limited to those retailers who want the space. With no on-site parking, you're looking at retailers of portable merchandise (like books) or stores that deliver (like mattresses.) Does anyone think REI is going to ask customers to buy a tent or a bicycle and then lug it to wherever they parked their car?

Violet A.  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 12:33 PM

@Get a Life should take his own advice: What would YOU like? I know, I know...a meat-stuffed mattress with a Cubs logo on top...

Reefer Forest Rez  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 12:15 PM

(Really Violet;) Cewl! This is the companion store to the vacuum store on OP Ave. LMAO

get a life from Oak Park  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 11:55 AM

Maybe they'll sell Fair Trade vegan organic alfalfa matresses? Would that make Oak Parkers happy?

MichaelO from Oak Park  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 11:47 AM

How about an REI on the old Foley lot. Tear down the precious eyesore and give Madison an anchor. While we're at it how about putting some park space on Madison? We pour tens of millions into Lake Street and the best idea for Madison is a road diet?


Posted: August 2nd, 2013 11:42 AM

According to a 7/21/13 article in the Business section of the Chicago Tribune by Corilyn Schropshire mattress sales are getting to be bigger business. I am not in favor of this specific use for that corner, but after Marshall Fields was anyone satisfied? So, what now? Before more people clamor for Dick's or Target they should first see what those companies require for minimum square footage. The will probably find that Lake & Harlem will not meet even the minimum standard.

Matt On Madison  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 11:28 AM

Clearly Oak Park can't attract a larger store to this location its probably due to the poor parking. I know there a lot right there but show me an REI, Dicks, Target, etc. that doesn't have there own parking lot. I don't understand the bitching if the mattress company comes its better then vacancy and clearly OP cant attract any better businesses so enjoy and buy a mattress so it does not leave.

outdoor guy from oak park  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 11:23 AM

I really like oak park sports mom's comment about a store such as REI or even dicks sporting goods. I live in DTOP and would spend a large amount of money there. A mattress store is a bad idea. I think they will likely still be allowed to move in though. The interrior of the building has been being workd onfor the last couple months pretty extensively.

Harry, the guy with the snake tattoo on his face from not shopping in DTOP  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 11:10 AM

Where were all you people when the village was okaying putting a SRO in the middle of the Madison business district? You were either nowhere to be found or telling southwest OP to suck on it and like it. It is now fun watching you get your undies in a bunch over a mattress store in your precious DTOP. Can't wait for the Section 8'ers to now start looking at Marion St. rentals!

Tired from Oak Park  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 9:03 AM

One thing that might change with a mattress store. It will be a lot harder to pull out your wallet and give to a homeless person at the corner of Lake and Harlem if you are carrying a mattress out the door.


Posted: August 2nd, 2013 9:01 AM

Deep Breath. 1.The retail overlay district on that corner space prohibits anything other than retail or restaurant use. That's village policy. Pat Zuback (sp) had nothing to do with a medical practice not coming in. And the village has been voting on/looking at some of those "districts" and the problem of the retail overlay all summer. But I watch channel 6 and try to pay attention.

Mikey baby from City of Hope  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 8:45 AM

Bad choice for a mattress store. How often do people shop for a mattress? Need something that drives more repeat visits, which also drives traffic for rest of DTOP.

OP Transplant  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 7:58 AM

If you've ever tried to operate a business in downtown OP, you know that the parking problem is not joke. Do you think that people are going to come to a Target at the corner of Harlem and Lake and drive around, or up and down a parking garage, to look for a space they have to pay for, when they can drive to North Ave where there are countless free spaces and a larger location? And, if they did, do you think Lake Street is ready for Target traffic?

Adam Smith  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 6:37 AM

HEADLINE - Private property owner leases his building for a lawful use without government assistance after prior attempt to lease to a medical use was rejected by Village. Here's how you close businesses in a capitalist system, don't shop there.

Anita from Oak Park  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 6:14 AM

Please. Can't Oak Park do better than this? I love the independent businesses on Marion St. but why is it so difficult for Oak Park to attract decent national retailers?

The dude  

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 2:53 AM

Dave, I completely agree. It's like a few people start complaining about parking cause they lack basic reading skills to read street signs, and get a ticket... then everyone else starts to think parking is a huge issue. I've never had a problem with parking, and I go to DTOP regularly. There's street parking, the colt site and around, behind the old Borders, The River Forest Mall where Noodles and co. is. If it's too hard to walk a little from a space, go do some exercise!

Dave! from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 11:01 PM

I swear, I have never understood why OPers whine so damn much about parking. Seriously, there's a *garage* right behind the damn space. Anyway, you think it's hard to find parking--or that it's expensive--in Oak Park??! Drive into the city sometime. Sheesh.

Sports mom from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 10:55 PM

How about an REI? Or LL Bean? People around here spend tons on outdoor gear.

C'mon from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 10:51 PM

Every time I drive by I am annoyed its vacant--but c'mon, a matress store? Not cool.

M Perkins  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 10:30 PM

And once again we can thank the all knowing pat zubak for derailing a very good idea...a medical clinic. But because her and her omnipotent powers put a stop to that, the store remains empty except for those tacky gold and silver signs all over the building.

M Perkins  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 10:27 PM

I know this is going to be sacrilegious to even suggest this, but since this building use to house Marshall Fields and Macy's took over that, why not bring Macy's in there? Or are people still freaking out about that?

Ned Ryerson from River Forest, Illinois  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 10:24 PM

This ought to sober up all those who think that OP was entitled to an Apple or a Crate & Barrel. The space and surrounding parking is not conducive to much. Perhaps its time to re-think the retail & office space based on expectations. The good news is, Malnatis is coming!

Dave! from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 9:41 PM

*A* tenant is better than *no* tenant, yes. That said, Sleepy's? Lame. I don't understand the matress biz... there's already a Sleepy's at Brickyard... and in OP an American Matress and Bedding Experts. Seems like a lot, to me. But hey, if they didn't think it would be a viable location, they wouldn't rent it. Right? Right?

Dave! from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 9:27 PM

Ahem. "we used to have a real cewl indie bookstore and now it's a sandwich shop, we had a Certified grocery, which I liked for good deals on produce but it was torn down for what? " Weeeellll.... you *do* know that we still have *two* great indie bookstores, right? (Magic Tree, which is an awesome kids bookstore, and The Book Table, which is also a really great indie bookstore.) And if you're looking for deals on groceries from a local, family owned business, there's Pan. Just sayin'.

Noreen carmody from Oak park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 9:12 PM

I cannot believe that this is even being considered. Surely we can do better than a mattress store on such a prominent corner. I love the idea of an urban Target. How hard is the business community or village officials working to making something like this happen? This mattress store would really bring us down. I think Target is one of the best run businesses I have ever seen. It is clean, well organized and offers a wide variety of merchandise at reasonable prices. Please rethink this !

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 9:06 PM

Does Loretta Daly have any insights to share on why it continues to be so difficult to attract retail businesses to open or relocate in DTOP? I recall Village Hall's uproar over Lane Bryant's plan to lease space on Lake St. and now that business is gone. There have to be a number of reasons that prospective tenats have shared with Ms. Daly regardng their reluctance to consider Oak Park as a viable option. Is it parking, costs, traffic or just not enough streetscaping. We've poured tens of millions of our tax dollars in to the area and are still waiting for some really good news. The planned residential developments are promoted as providing a significant boost to area businesses but wonder if and why we should continue to expect those projections to be realized.

Downtown OP Resident  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 9:01 PM

@ James- that's a good point your raise. Of course, the package of incentives has to actually have the chance to be a net positive for the village and not give away, well, the store. Sadly, I'm not sure that people in Village Hall know how to put together a good deal for OP and not get ripped off. But you raise a very good point. :(

Downtown OP Resident  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 8:54 PM

One more thing: what kind of medical clinical wanted to move in? As a resident in the area, I wouldn't have minded living next to a medical clinic, depending on the clinic. Did we lose out on a tenant? I still remember when people were making fun of OP because of Lane Bryant, I was living on the East Coast then. Such a strange place, nice people but a little clueless economically.


Posted: August 1st, 2013 8:51 PM

Don't our tax dollars support a Development Corp? How is it that Berwyn's Devo Corp knocks it out of the park every single time. When is someone going to fight and work hard to make sure that our Village govt can offer tax discounts or incentives for a spot like that. Instead we expect them to pay into a larger marketing fund and the downtown stores pay more rent than any other spot in town. Mattresses have a high profit return. Maybe that's all we were ever going to get.

Downtown OP Resident  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 8:51 PM

You can't force a store to open in a location and financial incentives may not be paid back in taxes raised. Why do people here think that the owner can get any tenant you all want? How is this supposed to work in reality? The site is vacant for a reason, businesses don't find this an attractive location to do business. The evidence is right in front of your eyes, look at the the numerous vacancies. That site used to house a not so high end shoe store. Somehow, OP survived.

J. Ware from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 8:47 PM

Completely agree with Hello. This is the free market, like it or not. Do people not understand that the owner can do what he wants??

Downtown OP Resident  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 8:45 PM

Clearly, the space should stay vacant forever. What is with the economic illiteracy of some? TIF's bring in revenue and improve finances! If I want a store like Target in town then it MUST mean Target sees the location as viable. Wait? You mean maybe there are reasons some chains look at OP and then decide it may not work for their business model? You mean the business has to be profitable? Profitable chains have a very strict way of looking at potential sites? Who knew?

Hello? from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 8:40 PM

Everybody here realizes that their anger should be directed to the owner of the building, right? He/she can put in any complying tenant. When you ask for "the market to figure it out", this is what you can get.

M Perkins  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 8:35 PM

Just bought a mattress from The Bedding Experts on Garfield St. The store was empty. No one came in the entire time I was there. It's a small store. What makes Oak Park think that a giant mattress store is going to succeed? What a terrible idea. I think the community deserves a voice in this decision. I can just picture the tacky holiday sales signs plastering the windows. 20% off, Labor Day Sale. Please don't let this happen. Oak Park deserves better. C&B would be good but compete with Pier 1.

Violet Aura  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 7:02 PM

And...the descent into Naperville-esque banality has been completed! Congrat, OP! Let's review, kiddies: we used to have a real cewl indie bookstore and now it's a sandwich shop, we had a Certified grocery, which I liked for good deals on produce but it was torn down for what? It's still an empty lot years later. The Downtown area is a glorified strip mall...

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 6:28 PM

Sleepy's carries an extremely high number of brands (+20) and has a price range from $150 to $5,000. Its business model is high volume and low prices --. lots of discounts, special sales, etc. If they are carrying the full product lineup, parking problems could result. Low-end price buyers usually expect to tie the mattress to the car roof and drive home. They are delivery charges adverse. DTOP retail style is shopping in multiple stores, finding specialty items, and having lunch. Sleepy's will draw customer volume but it is likely that their customers are shopping for any thing else but mattresses and bed frames. The village said this is not a done deal yet. Sleepy thinks its a done deal. There internet store location map already shows an arrow pointed at Oak Park.


Posted: August 1st, 2013 6:25 PM

PittPanther, your critique makes absolutely no sense. If people didn't visit the eateries enough, how do they continue to stay open? Did you know that Target was the only big box store to be making a profit during the worst of the recession? Every C&B survived the recession and continues to profit, so some body is obviously shopping there on a regular enough basis. How do you know Oak Parkers wouldn't be amongst these people. Every time I'm at Target it's constantly packed.

A Harlan from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 5:58 PM

What a shame if this comes to pass. Surely we can do better!


Posted: August 1st, 2013 5:55 PM

We like the "idea" of a bookstore/cafe, and we enjoy sitting there reading, but we buy from Amazon. We judge certain retailers as "cool" (Target? C&B?), but don't visit them often enough for them to keep their door open. Same problem for various eateries. How many times per week does some fat-laden restaurant expect me to eat there, when I'm bombarded by people telling me to lose weight and eat smart?

Martin Berg from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 5:47 PM

No, no, no, no, no! If the people at DTOP have any brains they will rise up in anger at this stupid--yes, stupid--use of this valuable entryway into downtown. If we had a city form of government I could call my alderman, but I don't have one, so to all the people on the Village Board: STOP THIS RETAILER FROM LOCATING IN THIS PRIME SPACE! We can do better.


Posted: August 1st, 2013 5:37 PM

Since when did people consider Target "glamorous"? LOL. I guess a business is better than no business, though it does not seem like a good fit to me. I'd much prefer to see a store like West Elm, CB2, Crate and Barrel outlet even... Or some kind of fancy dining joint. The great thing about Borders was that it provided an indoor area to hang out, whether reading or snacking... so it really did act like an anchor for people to rest at after tackling Lake st. We'll see I guess.

Mary White Thomason from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 5:30 PM

Historic building +Harlem gateway to shopping. Mattresses? Don't think so!

JH from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 5:30 PM

Won't this be a classy addition to DTOP. Yuck. By the way, no more eateries please!!!!!!

Debbie Mercer from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 5:29 PM


Ed Smith  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 5:24 PM

I am excited about the buy who will be wearing the board out front of the store advertising. Maybe we will be lucky enough to have something inflatable outside the store advertising low prices. Will go well with the "honk for peace dude" on harlem and lake and the crooked neck begger as well. Hey, section 8 people need mattresses too

LaShaun Smith  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 5:20 PM

Everyone in Oak Park talks about having nice little local shops and then buys all their stuff from Costco. All of the retailers know this which is why we will always have junk stores and ice cream stores

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 5:20 PM

Doesn't Oak Park already have three businesses that sell mattresses? Bedding Experts at Harlem and 290, American Matress at Harlem and North Ave., and Al-Mart on North Ave. just east of Harlem. Mattresses are not exactly a high consumption item, and we already have three businesses in a five-square mile area selling them. Weird.

ea from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 5:20 PM

Who really cares? It will most likely be out of business in a year, the village will have tax revenue, and it is fitting for the downward trend in this village. Most locals won't shop there as it won't be upscale, and we have the added benefit of all the shoppers coming from Chicago's west side who will spend their money in OP. Whee!

Gary Mancuso from River Forest  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 5:09 PM

This is the worst idea I ever heard of for such a historic site and visible entry into Oak Park. What's next a pawn shop?

Joel Goodson from North Shore  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 5:06 PM

As a former Future Enterpriser and Princeton MBA, I assure you there is a great need for a business such as this, especially in the human fulfillment sector. The Trust me, I once grossed over $8000 in one night.

SOP BOx Sally  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 5:03 PM

Well... it is better than another nail salon, beauty parlor or payday loan store. ;-P

Christopher Williams from Oak Park   

Posted: August 1st, 2013 4:48 PM

Besides - what is so "downmarket" about a mattress store? Oak Parkers make me laugh sometimes. The place has been vacant for what - at least a year? A mattress store is fine, nothing wrong with it.

Christopher Williams from Oak Park   

Posted: August 1st, 2013 4:44 PM

Getting a large retailer into that space is key. I would prefer something more glamorous, like an Apple store or Target, but if they were interested they would do it. What bothers me is the Oak Park official's attitude - "it's up to the market to decide" if this would be an appropriate retailer for the space. Oak Park officials should be more welcoming and positive about ANY retailer taking that space. Typical Oak Park anti-business attitude.


Posted: August 1st, 2013 4:44 PM

That's hideous. Surely there is some alternative out there.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 4:14 PM

Great Anchor for DTOP.

OPRF resident from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 4:09 PM

REALLY??? A mattress store?? So we really think a mattress store is the answer?? Why don't we get smart for once and put a usable business there!! What a joke!

Matt from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 4:06 PM

Just to clarify, I don't think this is a good fit. I would prefer if another business would occupy it. That said, I prefer it occupied over vacant. It looks lousy now.

Matt from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 4:05 PM

Shame on Oak Park? Why? I didn't know this was the village's space to lease.


Posted: August 1st, 2013 4:04 PM

Decidedly downmarket.

The Brad from OP  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 3:57 PM

Really? REALLY? Good God. No City Target Lite? No Apple store? No HomeGoods? Maggiano's? A mattress store on one of the most prominent corners of our Village? Shame on you, OP. Shame.

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