Van Winkle Mattress
Spending more time in bed
by Sally Mitani
Are Ann Arborites spending more time in bed (perhaps watching TV)? Van Winkle Mattress is opening a second store on Jackson Road. Owner Ken Fil says he'll mainly use the "abandoned truck terminal" as a warehouse, which will enable him to promise same-day delivery. He'll still do most sales from his original store on N. Main, "but there's a small office up front that I'm remodeling and will use as kind of a clearance center."
Fil is a juggler of businesses. He has a niche medical supply business (lead aprons for chiropractors and veterinarians) and a "metals business" (manufacturing shipping containers for nuclear meds). What ties his three businesses together was that he started out in hospital administration and learned their supply chains.
Fil started Van Winkle in Brighton and opened the Main Street store eight years ago. His "promotional brand" is Corsicana, but he's also a Sealy dealer: "We carry every brand Sealy has." He also sells futons and bedroom furniture.
At press time, he was promising a February 18 opening.
Van Winkle Mattress, 6235 Jackson Rd., 665-8900. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. vanwinklemattress.com.
[Originally published in March, 2013.]