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Sleep Center Superstores Customers rave about their experience with the Sleep Center Superstores’ no-haggle, no-commission sales strategy at its store in The Villages. Sleep-products industry insiders recently learned about how much customers appreciate that sales strategy in the January/February issue of Sleep Savvy magazine. The magazine, one of the sleep-products industry’s most respected international publications, featured the Ocalabased company with a cover mention and story. Since opening their first store eight years ago, high school buddies Steven Branham, president and chief executive officer, and Chad Pelt, vice president, have carved out a niche with their no-haggle, no-commission approach in this extremely competitive North-Central Florida sleepproducts market. This shop-at-ease approach enables customers to take their time to evaluate the best possible bedding product available at this retail store, 2255-A Parr Drive, adjacent to the Walgreens retail pharmacy, Tall Trees Lane/Southern Trace and County Road 466. It’s open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 753-0672. The buying process might take a while, considering The Villages store’s inventory of quality name-brand Business Briefs Retail Briefs memory and latex foam mattresses, the latest in coilmattress technology, pillows and other sleep products and accessories. “We’re extremely pleased,” Pelt said about the store’s financial performance. “It’s been one of the best things we’ve done. It is one of our strongest stores.” Fidelity Investments The nation’s leading provider of 401(k) retirement plans opened recently to an enthusiastic audience in Lake Sumter Landing Market Square. Boston-based Fidelity Investments opened a 5,181-square-foot office at 1057 Lake Sumter Landing, across from the Little Red Schoolhouse, in Lake Sumter Landing Market Square. Call the office at 205-8836. One reason accounts for why the firm expanded into The Villages, said Abel Oonnoonny, Fidelity Investments’ vice president and branch manager. More than 1,000 Fidelity Investments clients already live in the community, Oonnoonny said. To serve them, the firm assembled a staff of 11 registered securities representatives. “We had a lot of clients requesting us to move into The Villages for quite a while,” Oonnoonny said. “So, this gives us the ability to provide our clients with a local relationship.” The firm opened the Sumter Landing office as part of an aggressive national growth strategy, Oonnoonny said. “Fidelity is opening 20 offices a year the next five years,” Oonnoonny said. “This falls into that category.” The financial-services firm enters The Villages with considerable strength. It reported a 6 percent year-over-year increase in managed assets to $1.59 billion as of Dec. 31. Founded in 1946, the firm employs 37,000 people in 11 regional centers and 151 investor centers in the United States and Canada. It manages 498 mutual funds. GO & DO MARCH 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Villages - March 2011

The Villages - March 2011
Spring Training — The Boys of Spring
USO Jukebox Saturday Night
Spring Fashion
The Villages Golf Academy
Spring Gardening
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Working Retirees Continue to Find Fulfi llment in The Villages
Sports and Recreation
Barnes and Noble Top 10 List
Business Briefs
Major Events

The Villages - March 2011