City council will be deciding on the fate of two more recreational cannabis shops later this month.
Applications for a shop downtown and one along the Tranquille corridor are going to be in front of city council Jan. 29. If councillors decide to approve either or both of the storefronts, the applications would return to the province for further review.
One shop is for 279 Tranquille Rd. and is being brought forth by an applicant from the Lower Mainland, according to the city's business license inspector Dave Jones. The company behind it is called Taste Cannabis.
The other application is for 240 Lansdowne St., at a location formerly used by the Greenhouse Compassion Society (a dispensary). The application there is from a local applicant with a company called Greentower Cannabis.
The shops' applications are the eighth and ninth to be reviewed by city council, which has approved all applications to this point.
The application in the Tranquille corridor is the third for that area of the city, with other applications already approved for 205 Tranquille Rd. and 399 Tranquille Rd. Both received some opposition from neighbours concerned about the effect they'll have on the neighbourhood. Another government shop has been approved for the nearby Northills Shopping Centre, and a fifth private application at 750 Fortune Dr. has also received the green light from council.
Jones notes while the shops aren't far apart, they fit within the regulations city council approved last fall (front doors have to be a minimum 100 metres apart). The two closest proposals are 220 m apart. The applications have met all other regulations, so it's up to council to decide.
He says it's unclear how big the market is for cannabis shops is in each neighbourhood and for the city at large, so it's unknown when the market may hit a saturation point.
"We have a market that there's no data to determine how much business is out there," he says. "There's a lot of people that are willing to take a chance."
He notes there are 28 liquor stores approved for the city.
The shop downtown, if approved, would be the third in the neighbourhood (so long as all that have been approved by the city become actual storefronts).
The only operating store in Kamloops remains the government location in Sahali. Jones says the six other shops that are currently approved by the city, including two government locations, are waiting for approval by the provincial government.
"That big thing is the fit and financial check," he says, adding he's not sure how many provincial staff members are working on the applications.
Jones says the province may not be rushing through applications due to the shortage of product, pointing out shops in Alberta have had to close already due to a lack of supply.
By the address
Government-run cannabis stores in Kamloops
1210 Summit Dr. - B.C. Cannabis Store (OPEN)
Northills Shopping Centre (40-700 Tranquille Rd.; application under review by the province)
Lansdowne Village (212-215 450 Lansdowne St.; application under review by the province)
Private cannabis stores in Kamloops
630 Victoria St. (application under review by the province)
205 Tranquille Rd. (application under review by the province)
399 Tranquille Rd. (application under review by the province)
750 Fortune Dr. (application under review by the province)
240 Lansdowne St. (application under review by the City of Kamloops)
279 Tranquille Rd. (application under review by the City of Kamloops)