Retailers face a similar choice to provinces, except they have to balance potential revenue losses against the potential disaster of their workforce falling ill. Canopy announced on Tuesday it would temporarily close 23 of its Tokyo Smoke and Tweed stores across Canada.
- Canopy encouraged employees and their communities to “flatten the curve” and said the company was shifting to e-commerce.
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- These closures only affect stores owned directly by the company–five independently operated Tokyo Smoke and Tweed franchises may choose to remain open.
Fire & Flower quickly followed Canopy’s lead and announced closures at seven Alberta locations and reduced hours at other stores. The next day the company announced stores in Ottawa and Kingston will only have products available via click-and-collect: online order and pickup.
- Superette also initially closed its Ottawa store before moving to click-and-collect.
Independent REC retailer Ryan Roch, of Alberta’s Lake City Cannabis, discussed his fear and uncertainty for his store on Twitter and called for the AGLC to allow REC retailers to temporarily move to delivery to reduce transmission risks.
- Pineapple Express stressed it had masks, gloves, alcohol wipes, and hand-sanitizer for all its delivery drivers.