Cookie shop to expand

March 25, 2019

Eileen’s Colossal Cookies is getting bigger.

The store opened in a retail center at the Western Mall next to Potbelly Sandwich Shop in 2014.

Franchisee Kristi Westra brought it to Sioux Falls from Rapid City and has grown the store to among the top performers in the company.

“Sioux Falls is outstanding,” she said. “I’m so thankful to be here because it’s a great community and we have great employees, and we just work really hard and do our very best every day.”

The cookie shop is out of space, though, and often has more than a dozen employees baking in a tight kitchen.

So Westra is expanding into part of the neighboring space at Try it Again.

“The owner and I are friends, and that’s a large space,” Westra said. “It was more than she needed, and we need more space, so we put two and two together.”

Construction is scheduled to start next week, and the hope is to be done in about six weeks.

The expanded space will allow Eileen’s to add freezer space, an oven, a second mixer and a longer front counter.

“Sometimes our lobby is full of people, so we’d like to get things stretched out and service people quicker,” Westra said.

Both businesses will stay open throughout construction.

There are 27 Eileen’s Colossal Cookies location nationwide, and while Westra has thought about a second one, she’s not planning it for now.

“I think about it daily, but I kind of feel like maybe we should focus on one great location,” she said.

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Cookie shop to expand

Eileen’s Colossal Cookies is getting bigger.

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