Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. was formed in 1971 and today operates a chain of domestic merchandise retail stores across North America. They feature mostly medium-ranged, but also a limited selection of high quality, domestic merchandise: items for the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and dining room. The company is a member of the S&P 500 index and the NASDAQ-100 index.
The company's corporate headquarters are located at 650 Liberty Avenue, Union Township, Union County, New Jersey 07083.
Many jokes have been made about the Beyond
portion of the Bed Bath & Beyond name on television (Family Guy
, Good Eats
, The Simpsons
, Will & Grace
and Yin Yang Yo!
). The "beyond
" department is also prominently used in Adam Sandler
and Christopher Walken
's 2006 comedy film Click
. In this case, the door marked "Beyond" leads to a workshop helmed by Walken, with a door marked "Way Beyond" leading way to a massive storage
unit, which contained the Universal Media Remote
that he was looking for. Ironically, Sandler's character asked if there were any Universal Media Remotes, but there weren't.
In September 2008, police charged the manager of the Lexington, Kentucky
location with failure to "report dependency, neglect and abuse", a misdemeanor
. Customers had reported there was a three-year-old child locked in a hot van
in the store's parking lot, who wasn't responding to knocks on the van's windows. The customers asked to use the store's phone to call 9-1-1
. Citing a corporate policy against getting involved with events in store parking lots, the manager refused to allow the call or use the store intercom
to attempt to contact the child's parents.
A cell phone was eventually used to call police, who broke the van's window and retrieved the child, whose mother was charged with first-degree child endangerment. A spokesperson for the company said they have no such policy preventing employees from helping people in store parking lots, and expressed disappointment the situation was not handled properly.