Article by Jacquie MIller, Ottawa Citizen
Here’s a safe prediction about the design of Ottawa’s first legal cannabis shop: It will resemble a trendy boutique.
The landlord of Superette, the proposed shop in the heart of Wellington West Village, describes it as “high-end retail.”
After all, the middle-income and affluent residents in the neighbourhood are the store’s target demographic, says Derek Noble, owner of Huntington Property Group, which owns the five-storey building at 1306 Wellington St. West, between Island Park Drive and Holland Avenue.
His company was able to extract premium rent from Superette Inc. for a five-year lease on the 3,371-square-foot space on the ground floor.
The lovely floor-to-ceiling windows will probably have to be tinted or covered over, though. Passersby aren’t supposed to be able to peek into the shops and see either pot or the accessories, such as pipes and bongs, that can be sold within.
That detail is just one of the rules governing the stores that are supposed to open on April 1.
Ontario is the second-last province or territory to welcome bricks-and-mortar cannabis stores. (Only Nunavut doesn’t have stores yet either.)
Marijuana is currently sold online at the government-run Ontario Cannabis Store, but policy changes by the Conservative government delayed the actual storefronts.
The full impact of Canada’s legalization of recreational marijuana won’t hit home until people can shop at their neighbourhood cannabis store, says Trevor Fencott, CEO of Fire & Flower. The chain has stores in western Canada and plans to open them in Ontario when more licences are available.