Mattress Mart

Mattress Mart



1677 Marion Mt. Gilead Rd | Marion, OH

Mattress Mart has been proudly serving the Marion community for 35 years. Nationwide chains and big box stores have come and gone over time, but the support from the community has been the key to Mattress Mart’s success. When the store opened in August of 1986 on Delaware Ave, Jim Davis was hired to run the location. His brother, Jerry, was working part time when Jim brought him and their brother Bill on to help with sales and deliveries respectively.

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The Davis Family

The store has been a Davis family affair ever since. Eventually their sister, Becky, joined the team and worked with Jerry on the sales floor. What Jerry initially thought would be a temporary job turned into a lifelong career. He loved the work he was doing, especially meeting new people and building relationships with his customers. He had a knack for the business, and before he knew it he was climbing his way up the ladder into management.

In the 90s, the original owners were looking to sell the business. Jerry knew this was the only job he wanted to have so he decided to purchase the store in September of 1996. After Jerry took over as owner, the store continued to grow. As the retail market in Marion shifted to the other side of town, Jerry knew moving to a new location would allow him to better meet his customers’ needs. Near the end of 2004, Jerry made the move to the store’s current location.

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Erin (9) and Mike (7) with their dad when Jerry purchased the business.

After closing one December night, he and his son, Mike, moved every mattress, frame, and other item into the new location so they could open the next morning. Mike grew up around the business, seeing the work his father did and eventually following in his father’s footsteps. Even at a young age, Mike always tagged along with his dad to the store when he wasn’t in school. He filled a variety of roles over the years, doing whatever he could to help his dad. Now he partners with his dad on the sales side and handles all of the delivery and pick up aspects as well.

As a small business, Jerry has had to overcome all sorts of obstacles, but nothing could have prepared him for 2020. When Jerry was forced to temporarily close his doors, he felt the weight of uncertainty. Online shopping trends spiked across all industries, and Jerry didn’t know the effect it would have on his business until he was finally able to reopen and get people in the store. He explains, “I had no idea what business would look like when we reopened. Fortunately, Marion had my back. We had customers wait until we were back up and running to buy their mattresses instead of ordering something online. We are so thankful to our community for the love and support we’ve received over the past 35 years, especially this past year. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our wonderful friends, family, and neighbors. Online competition can be stiff, but our customer service is unmatched, and we do everything within our power to keep our overhead low and our prices competitive.”

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Mike learned the business from his dad, and now assists Jerry on the sales floor and handles all deliveries.

For Jerry and Mike, selling mattresses is more than a one time transaction. Over half of their business comes from repeat customers, and there’s a reason people keep coming back. “There’s something to be said about being able to lay on a mattress and get a feel for it while talking with someone knowledgeable to answer questions and provide insight.”

“Do I have any regrets? Absolutely not. You have your highs and you have your lows in any business. We meet all sorts of wonderful people and I would, without a doubt, do it all over again. Talking to people, making connections in my community, seeing families grow, answering their questions and helping people get the mattress that is best for them makes it all worth it.”

Jerry Davis

Jerry and Mike know the mattresses forwards and backwards, but above all, they care about their customers. That personal connection is what drives them to keep doing what they do best. As they celebrate 35 years in business, Jerry wants to thank the entire Marion community for their trust and unwavering support. Stop in and see Jerry and Mike at 1677 Marion-Mt Gilead Rd in Marion or call 740-725-8900 for more information.

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Mattress Mart carries Sealy and Southerland mattresses, including Posturepedic, hybrid, adjustable beds, pillows, frames, & more.

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