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The U.S. mattress business has bounced back after months of shutdowns from the coronavirus pandemic kept customers away.
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Sales at Holder Mattress Co. were up about 30% last month, compared to a year ago, after the company started letting people back into its two northern Indiana stores, said Lauren Taylor, president and granddaughter of the company’s founder.
“There’s either a lot of pent up demand” for bedding, she said, “or people are looking at spending money at home, since they can’t spend it on things like vacations.”
US RETAIL SALES SOAR 17.7%, BIGGEST MONTHLY INCREASE EVER
Holder is one of several small businesses Reuters is tracking through this downturn and the now-nascent recovery. Millions of small businesses in the U.S. face an uncertain future after the novel coronavirus pandemic shut down shops, restaurants, schools and travel in the world’s biggest consumer economy.
Taylor said the company has adapted to rules and restrictions she never imagined before the crisis. When she first reopened a month ago, for instance, Taylor required customers to make appointments to shop, so they could control who was in the store and sanitize surfaces between every shopper.