Article by Jackie Kozak, Bradford Today
Bradford will soon have a cannabis shop in the downtown core.
Star Buds Cannabis Co. will be taking over the heritage building at 22 Barrie St., the old Canada Post Office.
Company president Chris Jones expects the new store to be open by the end of June, once licensing is fully in place.
Intentionally named to mimic the popular coffee chain, the Star Buds brand originated in Colorado and has one of the best reputations in the marijuana market.
Jones is responsible for four other stores already opened in Ontario, including two in Barrie and one in Alliston.
“I’ve worked in the industry for years,” shared Jones. “I’ve been a part of production, cultivation, distribution, and I’m familiar with the licensing process.”
Jones adds that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s (AGCO) licensing process only issues approximately five licenses a week across the province, but he remains confident the store will be open by the end of the month.
“It’s a slower process to open up due to COVID,” explains Jones. “We’ve had to do virtual inspections which takes time.”
The unique 2,300 square foot location is already complete inside and will offer an array of products including cannabis flour, pre-rolled edibles, tinctures, drinks, gummies, and of course, vape pens.
“We just finished installing security cameras,” said Jones. “We want to hire locally and support the community!”
Originally, the Ontario Government deemed all cannabis retail stores non-essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. But rules were quickly changed to allow curbside pick-up and deliveries from cannabis dispensaries.
“We will still be offering curbside pick-up but, as well, a limited number of customers will be allowed into the store now,” notes Jones. “Our vision is to create convenient and memorable retail experiences for consumers.”