NORTH ADAMS -- The Sleepy's mattress store on Main Street closed this week after six years in Steeple City Plaza.
A sign posted on the door earlier this week directs customers to a showroom on Hubbard Avenue in Pittsfield.
On Friday, First Hartford Realty President Neil Ellis had little to say about the mattress retailer's departure.
"We feel that Sleepy's lease is still enforced," he said.
Ellis declined to be more specific.
"It's in litigation," he said.
Attempts to reach a representative from Sleepy's were unsuccessful.
According to Transcript archives, the mattress retailer arrived in the 9,500 square foot space in the L-shaped plaza in 2007. The corner space at Main Street and American Legion Drive was formerly occupied by a Brooks Pharmacy until the mid 2000's, when the store moved to a new building next to Big Y on Route 2.
The company extensively remodeled the storefront on Main Street, installing larger new windows on both sides of the building.
Initial company estimates showed the store would employ two to three people.
Mayor Richard J. Alcombright thanked Sleepy's for being part of the North Adams Community for so long. The departure "was so abrupt, that it made everyone wonder," he said.
Alcombright said that it was his understanding that the store had five years left on its lease. Ellis did not confirm this.
While there were rumors this week about what may be coming to the space, nothing is set in stone, Alcombright said.
"It's unfortunate for the way that [Sleepy's] left, but with that comes great opportunity," he said. "It'd be nice to find a way to fill that with something that could serve a big chunk of the community."
Alcombright said he had confidence Ellis would find something to fill the space.
"I'll be working closely with him on that," he added.
According to Sleepy's website, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company was founded in 1957 and owns over 800 showrooms in 14 eastern states and carries 20 major mattress brands.
Other Sleepy's showrooms are located in Greenfield, Northampton, Hadley, and Manchester, Vt.