The number of cannabis retail stores on Hamilton Mountain continues to grow.
He plans to hire 10 staff and operate seven days a week.
Sanghera said renovations to the 1,100-square-foot space began in January, adding he’s anticipating approval to open from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario by the final week of May.
“With the shutdown, I’m not sure how it will affect our construction timeline,” said Sanghera, who grew up in the area and is president and broker of record at the Circle Mortgage Group.
Sanghera said his father Joe purchased the store and the space on the east side of the building that is currently home to a laundromat (one of two in the building) in 1985.
He noted the tentative pot shop space has also been home to a ceramic studio, video store, Caribbean grocery store and a dollar store.
Sanghera said he applied for a cannabis licence last September after he learned the store would become vacant in November.
The 44-year-old noted persuading his father for a lease to sell legal weed was a bit of a challenge.
“It was probably a more difficult sell than dealing with a traditional landlord,” he said. “My biggest critic in the entire process was probably my family.”
He calls the new store a substantial investment worth many tens of thousands of dollars and it’s no different than any other retail outlet.
Sanghera said he plans to run a safe and secure operation and respect his neighbours.
“We’ve actually installed 16 different security cameras around the building,” he said. “Every ID will be checked and every person working here will be well-vetted.”