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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — First it was frozen yogurt. Then came breweries. Now, escape rooms are proving to be the new Richmond startup trend that’s growing increasingly competitive.

Two more live-puzzle adventure outposts have opened in the West End in recent weeks.

Josh and Ashley Thornhill and Brandon Clark opened Room Escape USA on July 16 at 3504 Mayland Court near the intersection of Gaskins Road and West Broad Street.

Like other escape rooms around town and across the globe, Room Escape USA’s 3,000-square-foot space hosts live-action puzzle adventures that take place in different themed rooms. Room Escape USA rooms can handle teams of up to eight people that have one hour to achieve the room’s goal.

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