A satisfied smile lights up the familiar face of Kim Knopf during a recent visit to her newest Mattress Warehouse location at Riverwalk Plaza in South Charleston. The store isn't far from the first Mattress Warehouse store she opened on Seventh Avenue in 1983. Today, under the Innovative Mattress Solutions umbrella, she oversees 150 stores in six states and employs 500 people.
"I was one of the ...
... first females in our industry. ...
... It's still totally male-dominated."
In 1977, at Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, Ky., Kim Knopf (kneeling far left) played on a basketball team that won a state championship. She also served as president of the student council.
Hands-on in every respect, Kim Knopf of Mattress Warehouse was photographed inspecting the cab of a Sealy mattress truck at distribution headquarters in Winfield in the late 1980s.
A high school photo from 1977 shows Kim Knopf (center) with two of her friends.
Gazette photo by Kenny Kemp.....7.95x5.6.....Kim Knopf, owner of Mattress Warehouse....