Blue Chip Cookies

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The Blue Chip Cookie Company, Inc
TypePrivate
IndustryBakery
FoundedMarch 1983; 39 years ago (1983-03)
FounderMatt and Lori Nader
Headquarters,
United States
Area served
Midwestern United States, primarily Greater Cincinnati, Kansas City, Kansas; online to the United States and Canada[1]
ProductsGourmet cookies
OwnersDonna Drury-Heine, Robert Heine
ParentThe Blue Chip Cookie Company, Inc
Websitewww.bluechipcookiesdirect.com

The Blue Chip Cookie Company is an American gourmet cookie licensor and e-commerce gourmet cookie businesses with headquarters in Milford, Ohio, United States, and store locations in Ohio, Kansas, and Kentucky. Founded in March 1983 by the Nader family (Matt Nader died in 1997), Blue Chip Cookies specializes in gourmet cookies and cookie cakes and created the first white chocolate macadamia cookie.[2]

History[edit]

The first Blue Chip Cookies store opened in March 1983 on Beach Street (Fisherman's Wharf) in San Francisco, California.[3][4] In 1986, the company began franchising stores in selected markets.

In 1986, Blue Chip Cookies opened a store in Cincinnati, Ohio, a result of the city's efforts to market its nickname, "Blue Chip City".[5][6] In 1998, Blue Chip Cookies was purchased by Edgewood, Kentucky–based B.C.C. Enterprises, a rare example of a franchisee that had grown larger than the franchisor.[5] A privately held Loveland, Ohio–based company, acquired Blue Chip Cookies in November 2005 and opened a new store in Loveland in June 2006. In January 2007, Blue Chip Cookie Company, Inc resumed franchising and licensing.[7][8]

In 2007, Blue Chip Cookies focused their attention on driving the online e-commerce business and corporate cookie gifts/marketing by opening an online store. The 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) commissary facility for online, corporate gifts and corporate headquarters is based in Milford, Ohio, and have found the strategic decision was instrumental in the overall creation of a new business channel. In addition, Blue Chip Cookies special niche is corporate gifts and marketing initiatives. The company promotes its products as corporate and holiday cookie gifts.

The Blue Chip Cookie Company, Inc is now licensing the brand, to include the proprietary recipes, to select retailers across the United States. This is a change from their franchising model.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bluechipcookiesdirect.com
  2. ^ Liddle, Alan (1989-03-06). "Cookie chain tests interior seating - Blue Chip Cookies". Nation's Restaurant News. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
  3. ^ "Blue Chip Cookies". SF Weekly. Village Voice Media. 2001. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
  4. ^ Chase, Jodie (2008-03-26). "Second Helpings: Blue Chip Cookies popular with lots of readers". Contra Costa Times. MediaNews Group. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
  5. ^ a b Lawley, Lauren (1998-07-17). "Cookie firm swallows parent". Cincinnati Business Courier. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
  6. ^ "Cincinnati: many discounters say it's a 'blue chip' investment". Discount Store News. 1988-05-23. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
  7. ^ "Licensing and Distribution Program".
  8. ^ "BDGS, LLC takes stock of its resources and acquires a 'Blue-Chip' brand". bison.com. March 5, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2019-09-13.