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Mattress retailer moving headquarters to Lexington

Kimberly Brown Knopf, CEO of Innovative Mattress Solutions, said the Sleep Outfitters stores remain open. But the company likely will be closing some.
Kimberly Brown Knopf, CEO of Innovative Mattress Solutions, said the Sleep Outfitters stores remain open. But the company likely will be closing some.

Innovative Mattress Solutions announced Thursday that it will move the company headquarters to Lexington from West Virginia.

IMS has 155 stores in six states under the names Sleep Outfitters, Mattress Warehouse and Mattress King.

IMS CEO Kimberly Brown Knopf, a University of Kentucky alumna, said the $2.4 million headquarters will create 52 jobs in operations, financing, information technology, marketing, human resources and sales.

IMS plans to go into the former headquarters for Tempur-Pedic on Jaggie Fox Way. The move will double the company's existing Lexington distribution capacity. Knopf announced that, with Tempur Sealy, IMS has donated more than 40 Tempur-Pedic mattresses, foundations and bed frames to an area women's shelter.

On Thursday, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved tax incentives of as much as $750,000 for IMS, which also has received preliminary approval from the city of Lexington for a $250,000 Jobs Fund loan.

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