So many businesses being hit hard by the shift to online buying. Some local, some national. Yes, even mattress stores. Why would you go through the crazy ritual of going a retail mattress store to try and pick out a mattress from 50 different options and deal with an obnoxious sales person, when you can do a few clicks and get a good mattress delivered to your door for a lower price. Mattress Firm files for bankruptcy - CNN New York (CNN Business) — Online reviews have replaced going to a store to lie down on a mattress. That's why Mattress Firm, America's largest bed store, has filed for bankruptcy. The chain said it plans to remain in business, but it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to get out of about 700 unfavorable leases. Mattress Firm said it will quickly close 200 underperforming stores and make decisions about whether to close or maintain the other 500 locations in the coming weeks. There are more than 3,300 Mattress Firm stores in the United States. Mattress Firm plans to exit bankruptcy in about two months. It hopes that the liquidity gained from the bankruptcy allows it to expand into more favorable markets and even open some new stores in existing markets. ========== Noted today, local small business storefront specializing in eco-friendly consumer products is closing their retail store. They’ll be online-only going forward.