In response to the Ontario government’s policy change to allow private retailers to sell recreational marijuana next April, the Second Cup Ltd. says it is actively reviewing locations in the province for potential conversion to cannabis retail stores.
In April, the coffee retailer announced a partnership with marijuana clinic operator National Access Cannabis to develop a network of NAC-branded and operated recreational cannabis stores across Western Canada under the brand Meta Cannabis Supply Co.
Second Cup and National Access Cannabis say the conversion of coffee shops to cannabis shops is conditional on obtaining a retail license from provincial regulators and the approval of Second Cup and the applicable franchisee and landlord.
The coffee shop says it has more than 130 Second Cup locations across Ontario, with a number of shops in high-traffic, densely populated municipalities, including Ottawa and Toronto.
National Access Cannabis says it plans to open 50 to 70 cannabis retail stores in Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia and is currently recruiting up to 700 employees to be trained for the country’s retail cannabis launch on October 17, 2018.