About Factory Direct by Gardner’s

Lancaster’s Favorite Mattress Store 8 Years Running

2017 – 2016 – 2015 – 2014 – 2013 – 2012 – 2011 – 2010

I’m Ben McClure, co-owner of Gardner’s Mattress & More. If you’re reading this, you probably know a little bit about Gardner’s, but I’d love to take a few minutes of your time and share a bit more of our story. You see to us, selling a mattress or a piece of furniture is not just a job or something we take lightly. You are our Lancaster neighbors. Our friends and even our family. Your sleep, and ultimately your health and well-being are important to us. If I expect you to trust your sleep to us, you need to know who we are, and I’m happy to share.
A brief history…
We’ve been locally, family owned and operated since 1990. I’ve personally been with Gardner’s since 2000, and purchased the business from its founder Jim Gardner in early 2011.  Being a small business owner in tough economic times, I fully endorse supporting locally owned businesses and I strongly encourage you to do the same with your next mattress purchase.  My staff and I strive to do our very best for you, unlike the big-box chain store down the road just trying to get your money.  Our prices are competitive, our selection is unparalleled, and our service is superior.  You have my word.
But truly…
This About Us page is not about “us”. It’s about you, the person looking for a better night’s sleep. We’re all about helping our customers wake up happy and pain free and it’s something we take very seriously.

Get to know Gardner’s…
I’d like you to trust your sleep to Gardner’s. However, that is an unrealistic expectation if you don’t know and trust us first. Here’s a sneak peek at the people you’ll run into at Gardner’s:

Ben McClure, co-owner

 Like I said, I’ve been with Gardner’s since 2000, when I was hired by Jim Gardner to deliver mattresses. A lot has changed since then! I still do a little bit of everything at Gardner’s, but my main responsibilities are finding people (like you!) who need a good nights sleep and paying the bills. Of course, I love working with customers so you can catch me on our showroom floor from time to time.  Over the years at Gardner’s, I’ve personally affected the lives of thousands of Lancaster County people through a better nights’ sleep and it’s not something I think lightly of. It’s a big responsibility. Currently, I sleep on a Carpe Diem bed which was a Swedish made mattress we carried at Gardner’s. It’s a great bed but if I end up switching in the near future, it would likely be to a Vi-Spring or Posh & Lavish latex mattress.  I grew up in a suburb of Philly but have called Lancaster home since 1996. Most of my free time is spent with my wife and two kids. I am a huge baseball fan, love to golf and enjoy running. I hope to meet you sometime and impact your sleep too!

Jeff Giagnocavo, co-owner

I co-own Gardner’s with Ben. Originally, Gardner’s was a customer of mine (when I was a manufacturer’s representative) and when Ben asked me to be his business partner once Jim Gardner decided to sell the business, I jumped at the opportunity. I have been a business owner of some sorts since the age of 14, cutting grass in my neighborhood. I love everything about running a business, but most of all I love the fact that what we do helps our customers be more productive and that our business helps to support our local community in many different ways. I like most when we can open our customer’s eyes to everything that is possible with the perfect sleep system that fits them and their needs. Being able to help someone with back pain, or any other pain they may have, get through the day is great. Presently, I sleep on a King size Pranasleep adjustable mattress set. I was born in Stratford Ontario Canada (I do not know Justin Bieber, sorry!) moved to Reamstown in 1990 and as I’ve spent more than 2/3 of my life here I have grown to love our Country as though I was born here. In my free time, you’ll find me playing with my two boys, spending movie nights with my wife, helping with my son’s cub scout pack, playing with our two rescue dogs Gizmo and Zeus, and once all that is done getting out on the open road on my motorcycle.

Drew Bleil, Sales Manager

Hello, I’m Andrew (Drew for short) and I’m the Sales Manager at Gardner’s. I love working for a family owned business. Being able to interact with and support the local community means a great deal to me. There’s no greater feeling in the world than helping someone achieve a positive impact on their life, whether it’s a customer through a sleep system or a fellow co-worker helping to realize his or her goals. Sleep is the single biggest contributor to overall health and the ability to help someone achieve a level of sleep that’s conducive to an overall healthy lifestyle for the individual or the entire family is an honor to have. I sleep on a king size Serta iComfort Savant Plush but I’ve got my eyes set on one of the amazing Hypnos beds on the Gardner’s showroom floor. I was raised in Lancaster County and am a graduate of Hempfield High School and Hofstra University (Long Island). I love music, specifically active and classic rock. I’ve been classically trained on the piano and have played for almost 30 years. An avid roller coaster fan, I love to spend my summer’s at various amusement parks throughout the country getting my adrenaline fix. I’m also a huge sci-fi fan – Star Wars and Star Trek are two big passions of mine. You can usually find me at the nearest Star Trek convention talking shop with my fellow Trekkies. 

Andrew Rhoads, Operations Manager

Hi there, It’s Andrew! I’m the Operations Manager here at Gardner’s. I enjoy working at Gardner’s because the staff has great personality and it’s a small company with plenty of positive energy. Helping people get a good night’s rest is important to me because I know what it’s like to run on little to no sleep… I was a full-time parent years ago (my kids are now 17 and 14)! Being able to get a solid 7.5-9 hours per night is possible and a nightly routine can help, however the right mattress can make all the difference in the world. Currently, I sleep on a Tempur-Pedic Cloud Supreme mattress. I’ve lived in Lancaster County for the past 28 years and was raised in the Elizabethtown area. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my family, listening to music, watching the LA Lakers occasionally win a basketball game, cooking and watching Seinfeld and Simpsons reruns. My wife Melissa runs our photography business, Hatha Photography. Check out her work on Facebook! She has a great eye and loves sports and natural light portrait photography. She also is the Director at the Community Cupboard, which is Elizabethtown’s local Food Pantry.

Dakota Jordan, Sleep Consultant

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Dylan Madar, Delivery Manager

Hey, it’s Dylan. I’m the delivery manager at Gardner’s, meaning that it’s my job to make sure that your new mattress gets delivered into your home safely and soundly and ensure your satisfaction. I like working at Gardner’s because the owners are fantastic and they allow me to run my day effectively and efficiently as I see fit. I enjoy listening to music and playing the guitar. I grew up in the Maytown area and live in Lancaster now.

Anthony Ramirez, Delivery Driver

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