A major producer of medical marijuana in Manitoba has plans to operate retail stores once cannabis is legal this fall.
Delta 9 says it will open two stores in Winnipeg, one in Brandon and the other in Thompson before the end of the year.
One of the Winnipeg stores will begin serving customers on October 17 — the day cannabis becomes legal in Canada. Construction on the 3,000-square-foot space is already underway and will become Delta 9’s “signature store.”
Arbuthnot says the number of stores to be opened in 2019 will depend on the retail allotments issued by the Manitoba government to existing and new retailers.
“We’re confident we can build out to the maximum allotment of retail outlets next year, whatever number that may be,” said Delta 9 CEO John Arbuthnot.
“We have the capital set aside, our branding and design elements are in place, and we’re excited to start moving into the era of post-prohibition cannabis sales.”
The company already operates an 80,000-square-foot production facility in Winnipeg.