As entrepreneurs rush to open cannabis shop doors, another application location has appeared.
A sign has appeared on the side of the Plaza Hotel in downtown Kamloops, along Fourth Avenue just south of the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Victoria Street. It announces an application has passed the city's administrative requirements and is moving on to city council on Feb. 26. At that time, city council will decide whether or not to approve the application.
The location only just fits inside of the city's bylaws (which were set last year), sitting just over 100 metres from where another application is currently located, at 125 Fourth Ave. (the site of the former Grind coffee shop, in the old fire hall building). Cannabis shop entrances must be 100 m apart, according to city bylaws.
The shop at the former coffee shop goes before council Feb. 12. If both that shop and the shop at the Plaza Hotel are approved by council, it would bring the total number of municipally approved shops in the downtown core up to five, as seen on our map below.
However, at this time, no shops have opened their doors downtown; the only open cannabis shop in Kamloops remains at the Columbia shopping centre in Sahali.
Next week, council will be deciding on the fate of four cannabis shops (including the one located at the former coffee shop). If all are approved, it will bring the number of approved permits in Kamloops up to 13.
The map below includes all approved and unapproved cannabis shop applications, as well as liquor stores and other locations to buy beer and wine (on different layers).