It happened with much less pomp and circumstance than the first two, but the city's third store legally allowed to sell cannabis products has opened at the Northills Shopping Centre.
The small store opened around noon today, July 10, according to Viviana Zanocco, communications manager for the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch. It was supposed to open earlier in the day, she tells KamloopsMatters, but permit issues created a small delay.
The new store is around 2,600 square feet, located on the north side of the shopping centre next to the large Dollar Tree most can see when driving by on Fortune Drive. Inside it's organized much like the first store in Sahali, only smaller.
"The staff is made up of 17 full and part-time employees, each of whom has received extensive training concentrating on social responsibility practices related to safety and responsible adult use, comprehensive product knowledge and customer service skills," she adds in an email.
The third government store that has received approval from the city is due to open before the end of the year, Zanocco says. Plans are in motion for other government stores to open before Sept. 30, she says, including branches in Courtenay, Port Alberni, Terrace, Cranbrook and Campbell River. More than a dozen stores have been approved by the City of Kamloops, but are awaiting provincial approval.
"The community has been very welcoming of B.C. Cannabis Stores, and we are excited to be expanding our retail network in the city," Zanocco says in the email.
More information on the store hours can be found HERE.
— with files from Alvin Mutandiro