Early on in the pandemic, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario shifted quickly from physical to virtual inspections for stores, which helps explain why the regulator has been so consistent in processing store applications.
MJ Biz Daily
- Last week, there were roughly 60 REC stores open in Ontario, 64 potential REC stores undergoing the final 15-day public notice period, and an additional 271 other applications in progress. Ontario is on track to raise its REC stores from 57 to 392 at surprising speed.
- For those retailers looking to thrive and differentiate themselves among a swiftly growing number of competitors, Cannabis Retailer offers some best practices, as well as some reflections on retail branding aesthetics since most consumers are over 2018’s promise that each store be “modern and bright, like an Apple Store!”
- Aspiring REC retailers looking set up shop in smaller markets think they’re likely to duck some of the competition in larger urban centres.