Sleepy time Char­lot­te­town

Sleep Coun­try will move into Buchanan Drive plaza

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

A Cana­dian fran­chise spe­cial­iz­ing in mat­tress sales is com­ing to Char­lot­te­town.

Plaza­corp Retail REIT, the de­vel­oper that owns a num­ber of prop­er­ties in Char­lot­te­town and Sum­mer­side, is now list­ing Sleep Coun­try as one of its cus­tomers on Buchanan Drive in Char­lot­te­town.

Laura Baker, vice-pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing for Sleep County Canada, tells The Guardian they ex­pect to open in Char­lot­te­town early this sum­mer, but a spe­cific date is not yet avail­able.

Baker said the store will oc­cupy 6,500 square feet of space in a stand-alone build­ing next to Sunlife Fi­nan­cial as part of the se­cond phase of the Buchanan Drive Plaza pro­ject. It will em­ploy three to four sales as­so­ciates the com­pany calls sleep ex­perts.

“Our sleep ex­perts are highly trained and ask the right ques­tions to help match peo­ple to the mat­tress and pil­lows that are right for their sleep needs. No two peo­ple are the same, so it’s im­por­tant to get the right sleep prod­ucts for your needs,’’ she said.

Sleep Coun­try opened in Hal­i­fax in 2013 and was a suc­cess. Stores fol­lowed in Monc­ton, Saint John and Fredericton, N.B., last year.

“The Mar­itimes have pro­vided Sleep Coun­try with a very warm wel­come and we’re very ex­cited to bring bet­ter sleep to P. E. I.,’’ Baker said.

It’s the same plaza that cur­rently boasts ten­ants such as Home­Sense (17,825 square feet), Mark’s (20,000 square feet) and Sunlife (4,044 square feet).

There is one va­cancy left in the plaza, next to the Mark’s Work Wear­house lo­ca­tion. It fea­tures up to 19,601 square feet of retail space.

Sleep Coun­try boasts that it is the No. 1 mat­tress re­tailer in Canada, car­ry­ing a wide se­lec­tion of pil­lows, linens, head­boards and other sleep ac­ces­sories. There are 170 cor­po­rate-owned stores across Canada.

Cater­pil­lar says it plans to close five plants and trim about 670 jobs in Illinois and sev­eral other states, in the lat­est phase of a larger cost-cut­ting cam­paign an­nounced last year.

The min­ing and con­struc­tion equip­ment com­pany will cut about 230 jobs for of­fice and pro­duc­tion work­ers at a ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ing cam­pus in East Peo­ria, Illinois, where Cater­pil­lar says it's con­sol­i­dat­ing some man­u­fac­tur­ing and trans­fer­ring some work to out­side con­trac­tors.

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