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Sleepy’s Zimmer Hired By Art Van’s Puresleep

MICHIGAN, USA: Art Van Furniture recently hired Neil Zimmer, former Sleepy’s executive as Art Van’s PureSleep business vice president of merchandising. Zimmer will be reporting to David Van Elslander, PureSleep President. His responsibilities will include overseeing all buying and merchandising activities and the management of the company’s buyers and support teams.

“We welcome Neil with an eye toward growth,” said Van Elsilander in a release. “Neil’s reputation as a creative and strategic leader, coupled with his specialized expertise and proven track record in the retail bedding space, will add the needed horsepower to help us expedite our already aggressive growth plan.”

Zimmer was formerly the vice president and general merchandise manager in Sleepy’s and “played an instrumental role in product and business development, as well as the growth of the retailer to more than 1,000 stores,” according to the release.

According to a report by Furniture Today, Zimmer’s career began in 1993 when he launched his own futon and mattress business with five locations that he operated for 10 years. He later took on a merchandise and operations analyst role with upscale department store chain Fortunoff.

Art Van PureSleep have been aggressive in growth since launching seven years ago with 46 locations and 56 in-store departments to date. “and Zimmer will play an important role in the brand’s continued expansion,” said Art Van.