The original location was in Grand Rapids, MI on Division Ave., just north of Burton St. In 1954, the original location burned down, so Neil moved the business to 3419 S. Division and, in 1957, a second store was opened at 1010 Leonard St. NW, also in Grand Rapids. In 1972, Neil decided to retire and sold his interest to Ron Zagel, a supplier of the cotton padding used in the mattresses.
Dick Westrate, our general manager, joined Jonathan Stevens in 1972 as a high school co-op student. Tim Westrate, our wholesale sales manager, also started as a co-op student.
In 1984, the back room factories at the Division St. and Leonard St. store were combined and moved to 995 - 36th St. SE in a 20,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility. We also started opening more stores so that we would be conveniently located for everyone throughout West Michigan. We now have five stores surrounding the Grand Rapids area, as well as stores in Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Holland.
Nate Westrate, Dick’s son, joined our team in 2002 and is the foreman in our factory. Luitjen Kiewiet joined our team in 2011 and is our retail sales manager, who works with sleep consultants at our eight retail stores to make sure every guest is fitted to the correct mattress.
With our management team of Ron, Dick and Tim, Jonathan Stevens Mattress Co. continues to be the fastest growing factory-direct mattress company in Western Michigan. We also currently supply some of the finest hotels in Michigan, such as the Amway Grand Plaza, the J. W. Marriott, the Soaring Eagle Casino and the Bay Harbour Inn with our unique innerspring mattresses.
Today, Jonathan Stevens Mattress Company offers one of the largest selections of sleep surfaces which include innerspring mattresses with unique interlocking flexible coils, latex mattresses, and memory foam mattresses. For the best choice in comfort and durability in West Michigan visit the factory-direct showroom nearest you. Find the closest location on our Locations page.