When Tecumseh last month became the last Essex County town to approve retail pot shops setting up within its municipality — almost three years after Canada legalized weed — it was a sure sign that cannabis had hit the public mainstream. Another big step towards marijuana normalization comes on Saturday when one of Southwest Ontario’s biggest shopping centres welcomes to its tony corridors a business whose focus is getting customers high on a mind-altering substance.
“This is a very exciting time for Devonshire Mall and we are thrilled with the addition of Tokyo Smoke to our strong array of retail offerings,” Chris Savard, general manager of the Windsor mall, said in a news release.
A Tokyo Smoke spokeswoman said her company is equally excited to set up shop inside one of the first Canadian shopping malls to host such a retail outlet, “bringing the Tokyo Smoke experience to this community.” It’s the 23rd private retail outlet approved by the province to sell recreational pot to adults from a Windsor business location.
Tokyo Smoke, a growing chain with dozens of retail outlets across Canada, boasts of its high-end offerings, esthetics and premium shopping experience. Its parent company is multibillion-dollar Canopy Growth, Canada’s largest licensed pot producer based in Smiths Falls, Ont.
“We’re thrilled to be able to play a role in how Canadians continue to learn about cannabis and to provide access to our carefully curated accessories and products, along with our best-in-class guest experience,” said Melissa Gallagher, Canopy Growth’s director of corporate and franchise stores.
With an initial 11 “team members” operating out of the Windsor location, customers will be able to visit or shop and order online for curbside pickup. The store’s hours will match those of the mall. Like all retail cannabis businesses, it’s restricted to adult customers only.