Sleep Train buys California retailer

West Coast mattress retailer Sleep Train has acquired Christian’s Mattress Xpress, a sleep shop chain with three stores in the central California cities of Bakersfield, Fresno and Visalia and a warehouse and outlet store in Fowler. Details of the deal, announced in September, were not disclosed.

Sleep Train, with headquarters in Sacramento, Calif., has more than 230 retail locations.

The purchase is part of Sleep Train’s planned expansion into new markets throughout California. In addition to rebranding the Mattress Xpress stores, the retailer expects to open an additional four or five new Sleep Train stores in the region in 2012.

“This expansion will bring Sleep Train into two of the top 10 largest cities in the state, as well as into the fast–growing community of Visalia,” said Dale Carlsen, Sleep Train chief executive officer. “With economic conditions improving, we saw an opportunity to expand our reach into a new region where demand is high for quality sleep products and a superior shopping experience.”

Christian’s Mattress Xpress was established in 1992 as Christian’s Solid Wood Furniture and became a full–line mattress retailer in 2007. Founder Ron Gonzalez is staying on to oversee the transition, which is expected to be complete by the end of the month.