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The long-empty space that housed three former nightclubs in Hillcrest will open as a Sleep Train mattress store in April. This was confirmed December 31 by Jennifer Ritchie, with Sleep Train's PR firm, Revolution Public Relations.

The 1202 University Avenue address has been empty for more than two years. The 1202 nightclub closed in 2013. Prior to that, it was the Eden nightclub. It was described as a “true landscape of the mind, body and spirit, Eden provides our community with a retreat from the processes of tradition and conformity.” A third nightclub at the address was Universal, which went dark in January 2010.

The owner of record for 1202 University Avenue is Gaslamp Portfolio Management LLC, with a mailing address at 8110 Aero Drive. The owner received a “notice to remove graffiti” on December 21 from a city code compliance officer. It stated that graffiti had to be removed by December 28 “to avoid enforcement action.” That deadline was not met.

Hutchens PR, representing real estate broker Colliers International, provided a brief statement. Associate Kenny Moore said, “We’ve contacted the owner of the property to ensure they are aware of the graffiti violation notice. We are confident it will be taken care of following the holiday.”

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SanCarlosGuy2001 Jan. 7, 2016 @ 4:43 p.m.

A mattress business is better than another overpriced club. So many stores have opened in Hillcrest that sold huge, overstuffed furniture and failed. Hopefully, the mattress store will do better and be an asset to the neighborhood.

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dwbat Jan. 7, 2016 @ 4:47 p.m.

There's a logical connection with a nightclub. In both cases, people go there to get someone in bed!

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dwbat Jan. 9, 2016 @ 11:58 a.m.

January 9 Update: Today the graffiti was still there, even though the holidays are quite over now. So it appears the owner will be subject to a $500 fine.

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Ponzi Jan. 9, 2016 @ 7:49 p.m.

Like sunglasses, there must be an astronomical margin in the mattress business. This location doesn't seem that good for retail. Maybe they have done their homework and found the demand for new mattresses is high in this neighborhood.

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dwbat Jan. 9, 2016 @ 8:32 p.m.

I think you're right. I didn't think the high-priced sofa place at University and 4th Ave. was a good fit, but they're still in business. SD is in a residential building boom, and those condos/apts. will all need furniture.

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Ponzi Jan. 11, 2016 @ 8:38 p.m.

I agree. My visits to Hillcrest area are to Whole Foods and restaurants. The other day I decided to be more aware of the retailers and there are several furniture and mattress businesses. I'm sure the neighbors are happy the nightclub will be no more. I remember when it opened up the locals were upset about noise and parking problems.

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dwbat Jan. 11, 2016 @ 9:42 p.m.

It should be awfully quiet inside a mattress store! ;-) Hillcrest is evolving (like West Hollywood), so we're seeing more gay couples settling down (so to speak), and in some cases raising a child. So that means a change in furniture and decor, plus how and where they spend their income. A parking garage is still needed in Hillcrest, though. Either that or a lot more bikes and alternate transportation.

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dwbat Jan. 19, 2016 @ 11:52 a.m.

January 19 update: The graffiti has finally been cleaned up at the entrance.

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