Sleep Country USA marks 20 years

Mattress chain Sleep Country USA, which has headquarters in Kent, Wash., is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a number of philanthropic efforts.

The employee–owned company has 75 stores and 350 employees in Washington and Oregon. It was founded by Sunny Kobe Cook and Bob Cook as a regional home furnishings chain.

“We are very proud of our history of fulfilling a need for quality sleep products in a growing market and successfully engaging the community,” said Dale Carlsen, Sleep Country chief executive officer. “We’ve created a brand that has become a household name with a jingle that nearly everyone can recite.”

To celebrate two decades in business, Sleep Country hosted a Pajama Drive for foster children in the spring. It also is thanking customers on Facebook by holding a concert–ticket giveaway for musical performances at the newly christened Sleep Country Amphitheater just outside Portland, Ore.

Sleep Country’s Foster Kids Program was founded in 2005. To date, the company has donated more than 350,000 items (shoes, coats, clothing, pajamas, school supplies, gifts) and more than $500,000 in cash to foster care organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“We’re excited for the future of Sleep Country USA as we plan to expand throughout the Pacific Northwest and other regions,” Carlsen said. “As an employee–owned company, we are focused on our employees, enhancing product selection, remarkable customer service and increasing our impact on the community through our Foster Kids Program.”