news NEWS Ontario is picking up the pace with cannabis retail stores, but staying in the game is no easy task Challenges retail operators face include timeline delays, mounting overhead costs, increasing competition and, oh, yeah, a global pandemic. By Sam Riches Earlier this month, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) vowed to double its approval pace and authorize 40 stores a month, which is a welcomed change for the more than 500 stores that are currently marked as ‘In Progress’ on the AGCO website, a status that means they are in the queue but could still be months away from opening. File: (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) Inside mihi’s Burlington store, which opened on Sept. 2. / Photo: mihi Instagram FILE: The Friendly Stranger, on Queen St. W. in Toronto, has been around since 1994. / Photo: Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network FILE: People gather outside at the Fire and Flower pot store on Apr. 1, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario. / Photo: MICHEL COMTE/AFP/Getty Images MICHEL COMTE/AFP/Getty Images

NEWS Ontario is picking up the pace with cannabis retail stores, but staying in the game is no easy task Challenges retail operators face include timeline delays, mounting overhead costs, increasing competition and, oh, yeah, a global pandemic. By Sam Riches Earlier this month, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) vowed to double its approval pace and authorize 40 stores a month, which is a welcomed change for the more than 500 stores that are currently marked as 'In Progress' on the AGCO website, a status that means they are in the queue but could still be months away from opening. File: (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) Inside mihi’s Burlington store, which opened on Sept. 2. / Photo: mihi Instagram FILE: The Friendly Stranger, on Queen St. W. in Toronto, has been around since 1994. / Photo: Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network FILE: People gather outside at the Fire and Flower pot store on Apr. 1, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario. / Photo: MICHEL COMTE/AFP/Getty Images MICHEL COMTE/AFP/Getty Images

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