Article by Jennifer O’Meara, Clarington This Week
Newcastle’s first cannabis retailer, Central Plains Cannabis, has taken over the former LCBO store and opened its doors in late December.
“Being Newcastle’s first cannabis store, that’s important. We’re really here to serve the community and be good community members,” said David Duhaney-Walters, owner of Central Plains Cannabis.
Duhaney-Walters and co-owner Noah Tewelde have envisioned a retail cannabis store at the old LCBO building for some time. The site was submitted for consideration in the provincial licence lotteries and put forward again when Ontario changed the rules for cannabis retail licensing.
“We thought it was a really good location. A standalone building with a parking lot,” said Duhaney-Walters. “We thought this would meet the requirements … As an old LCBO, this building is very secure.”
Central Plains Cannabis retrofitted the 3,500-square-foot building and gave it a refresh, explained Duhaney-Walters. The store is only offering curbside pickup during the provincewide shutdown, which began on Saturday, Dec. 26. With a large display area of 1,200 square feet (the remaining portion is warehouse space), there is a large space for customers to maintain physical distancing when in-store shopping is permitted. The store opened in late December with six staff members.