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Ross Furniture celebrates expanded building with grand opening

Ross Furniture and Bedding celebrated its grand reopening on Thursday, unveiling its expansion that includes a new location for Missouri Mattress.

“We captured a lot of market share just with the way we run things, and I think the expansion is going to help us cater to customers better,” General Manager Adam Ross said at the event. “We can show more product, we’re not as crammed and we have actual walkways now which is nice.”

Ross Furniture moved to its location on East Jackson Boulevard five years ago, and has seen consistent growth over that time. And two years ago, they decided to open their own mattress shop near Walmart, focusing on Missouri-based companies.

“We thought it was a neat idea,” Adam Ross said. “We weren’t sure if consumers would, but they loved it.”

The shop shows King Koil mattresses, which are made in Cape Girardeau, Justice Bedding, which is made in Lebanon, and Spring Air mattresses, which are distributed from a Jackson resident.

“When we opened the Missouri Mattress by Walmart, it grew overnight,” Owner Eddie Ross said. “It did a lot better than we anticipated, so we wanted to bring it closer to us.”

Adam Ross said the success of the businesses and the fact that they were paying rent at Missouri Mattress’ former location was what began the expansion process earlier this year.

“Instead of paying somebody else, we’re just paying ourselves,” Adam Ross said. “We’ve almost doubled our furniture space for Ross Furniture and we got a bigger space for Missouri Mattress.”

Eddie Ross added that having the two shops connected will make working easier.

The expansion, which totaled 10,500 square feet, includes the Missouri Mattress area in front with the expansion of Ross Furniture behind. Eddie Ross said moving the recliners to the expansion freed up space for more dining and bedroom furniture.

“We’ve been in business since 1979, so it’s been a long time,” Eddie Ross said. “We hadn’t anticipated this kind of growth, but we’re really pleased with it.”

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past four years. He can be reached at cbjedit@socket.net.

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