'Mattress Mack' breaks ground on new Gallery Furniture

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RICHMOND - A popular furniture store in Houston is getting a lot bigger.

On Tuesday, Jim 'Mattress Mack' McIngvale and others broke ground on the new Gallery Furniture store in Richmond. The property is located next to the Santikos Palladium Theatres on the Grand Parkway.

At 140,000 square feet, the new store will be bigger than the combined area of the company's two existing locations at Galleria-area shop and the North Freeway.

The design of the store is by Keenon Rayner, principal at Identity Architects in Houston.

The new property will feature a playground and tree house for children, a big restaurant and an area where residents of the Brookwood Community for disabled adults will sell their products.

Mattress Mack said the company has also launched Gallery Movers, a moving company that utilizes the stores' delivery staff.

The store is expected to open in late November or December and will hire 50-75 new employees. 

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