Mattress Firm was founded in 1986 by Steve Fendrich, Harry Roberts and Paul Stork in Houston, Texas. The first store was a success and the company grew quickly through both corporately owned and franchise locations.
Fendrich left Mattress Firm in 2001. He rejoined the company in 2010.
By 2002, there were 250 corporately owned locations.
In 2011, the company went public.
Today, Mattress Firm is the largest bedding retailer in the US. The company currently operates over 1100 locations in 28 states.
The company filed for bankruptcy in October 2018. Longtime CEO Steve Stagner resigned in March 2018 and he was replaced by John Eck, former head of Univision, in May 2019.
The company successfully emerged from bankruptcy in late November 2018.