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Chain store competition moves into Red Eye Cookie’s sweet spot

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Dec 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-19 13:23:51-05
Another cookie company is going to start pulling all-nighters near VCU. Photos courtesy of Insomnia Cookie.

Another cookie company is going to start pulling all-nighters near VCU. Photos courtesy of Insomnia Cookie.

RICHMOND, Va. –The giant of the late-night cookie delivery market is reaching into Richmond.

Insomnia Cookie plans to open a storefront at 918 W. Grace St. near VCU in January, its 60th nationwide.

Insomnia Cookie will open at 918 W. Grace St. Photo by Michael Thompson.

Insomnia Cookie will open at 918 W. Grace St. Photo by Michael Thompson.

Insomnia will be the third arrival in what’s shaping up to be a heated competition for the delivery of late night sweets around the heart of VCU and in proximity of tens of thousands of hungry college students.

“For as long as we have been expanding, Richmond has been on our radar,” Insomnia Cookie spokesperson Megan Brock said in an email. “It is a great community and fits many of the criteria we look for in a potential market, the largest being an active community that we can be involved in.”

Insomnia was founded in 2003 by Seth Berkowitz and its offices are in New York and Philadelphia. It sells and delivers cookies, brownies, cakes – and of course, milk.

The first company to spot an opening in the Richmond market was local start-up Red Eye Cookie Co., which began late-night cookie delivery and wholesaling in the area in March.

Red Eye was followed in November by Campus Cookies, a cookie peddler with five locations in Virginia and North Carolina, with a retail and delivery shop at 935 W. Grace St. – the same block as the future Insomnia Cookie’s location.

Read more on Richmond BizSense.com.