Right now, northern Ontario’s first cannabis store is part high end retail outlet, part construction site.
Crews are busy getting the Highlife on Marcus Drive in Sudbury ready to open to customers on April 1.
Company spokesperson Eddie Grinberg says they expect to hire as many as 30 people, with a few extra for the first few weeks when long lines are expected.
Highlife already has 17 stores in southern Ontario, but this New Sudbury location in an old shoe store near the Silver City movie theatres will be the first licensed to sell cannabis, rather than just smoking accessories.
“We never thought it would be in Sudbury,” Grinberg says.
Highlife put its name into the cannabis license lottery held in January, but it didn’t get pulled.
Instead, it has partnered with northern Ontario lottery winner Anton Lucic, and chose to set up shop in Sudbury because of the population and proximity to the company’s offices in the Toronto area.
The provincial government is hoping to have the first batch of 25 stores open on April 1.
Grinberg says the only potential obstacle for the Sudbury Highlife store is bureaucratic delays.