Lemoyne Sleeper to close mattress factory and stores
Penn Live Reports: After struggling for months, Lemoyne Sleeper owner Andy Pearlman made the decision to close the mattress company his father started in 1964. Hit hard by the downturn in the economy and a housing market that has been depressed since the end of 2007, Pearlman saw the situation for what it was: bleak.
“I didn’t want to wait until they came after me,” Pearlman said of his creditors. “The decision had to be made. It was a very difficult one. We would rather do it our way with integrity: take care of employees and our customers.”
Although Pearlman has no set date in mind for the closing, the factory where the mattresses are made will be shuttered first. The three company-owned stores in Lemoyne, Lebanon and Lancaster will follow as soon as inventory is sold off.
In all, about 45 people will lose their jobs once the company closes its factory and its stores.
Pearlman said that he is not sure what will happen to the Lemoyne Sleeper stores in Carlisle, York, Hanover, Chambersburg and State College. Those stores are franchises. Those franchise stores will have to find another mattress supplier, he said.
Scott Burkholder, the owner of Lemoyne Sleeper stores in Hanover and York, said his stores will remain open, and he will search for a new mattress vendor.