by Dylan Bowen May 07, 2022 2 min read
Mattress Mack was born in Mississippi. His real name is James Franklin McIngvale and he owns the Gallery Furniture brand, hence the nameMattress Mack.
Mattress Mackattended a high school in Dallas, Texas and was a student at the University of Texas as well as, the University of North Texas where he played on the football team both in 1969-1970 and 1972-1973.
After this, Mattress Mackworked at a convenience store but he got fired from his job. After he was sacked, he found a job at a furniture store where he worked attentively while absorbing the practices of the business and the trades of the furniture industry.
After working at a furniture store, he was inspired to change his life and the competitive world of retail, he decided to open his own furniture store.
Mattress Mackstarted his business with only$5,000 and with a dream to make his name famous within the furniture industry. He started his dream in an abandoned model home.
Mattress Mackthen adapted a business strategy which included nailed signs, telephone poles and door to door flyers. This increased traffic within his business, and he had a $10,000 turnover.
Mattress Macknow owns three Gallery Furniture retailers, the original one is on the North Freeway in the US,the biggest store on Grand Parkway and the smaller Post Oak store also, in the US.
While his stores are well known, his philanthropy is renowned as he has worked on special projects in the USA.
Mattress Mackhelped build the first Mobile Stroke Unit for patients in the USA. He also, helped people when Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017 by offering individual shelter in his stores.
Although, recently Mack served 3,000+ meals and provided overnight shelter to more than 700 individuals of Houston at Gallery Furniture who were affected by Winter Storm Uri.
Mattress Mackhas a wife namedLinda McIngvale and they have 3 children.
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