Article by Jacquie Miller, Ottawa Citizen
The cannabis store proposed for a mall on Strandherd Drive in Barrhaven is part of a new retail chain arriving in Ontario called One Plant.
One Plant was created as a joint venture between cannabis company Aleafia Health Inc. and the Serruya family, who are best known for creating the Yogen Früz yogurt outlets.
The public has until Nov. 22 to provide comments on the proposed One Plant store at 4335 Strandherd Dr. near Hélène Campbell Road, sandwiched between a Tutti Frutti restaurant and a House of Cheese store, in a mall not far from a Costco.
The proposed shop is owned by Ethan Stark, one of the winners of a second lottery held by the province in August to award the right to apply for cannabis store licences.
Stark has an agreement with One Plant, which will provide “retail knowhow and management expertise,” said Christina Porretta, executive assistant to Serruya Private Equity.
In a statement, Porretta said the company expects that five One Plant stores will be open in the province by January. A One Plant store proposed by a lottery winner for Stouffville, in the Greater Toronto Area, is up for public comment until Wednesday. A cannabis store now operating in Ajax called Smok will be rebranded. One Plant stores are also planned by lottery winners for downtown Toronto and Barrie, she said.
Ottawa now has three cannabis stores that opened last spring and are operated by winners of the first lottery: a Hobo outlet on Bank Street near Gladstone; a Fire & Flower outlet on York Street in the ByWard Market; and Superette at 1306 Wellington St. West.