Downtown Peterborough may be the new location of the first legal cannabis store in the Kawarthas

Huge Shops originally proposed opening Grower's Retail store in Fowlers Corners

This building at 225 George Street North, near the corner of Sherbrooke Street in downtown Peterborough, is the new proposed location of the first legal cannabis store in the Kawarthas. Toronto-based cannabis retailer Huge Shops Ontario Inc. was originally authorized to open its "Grower's Retail" store in the plaza at Fowlers Corners outside the city limits, but has since applied to move the store to downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)
This building at 225 George Street North, near the corner of Sherbrooke Street in downtown Peterborough, is the new proposed location of the first legal cannabis store in the Kawarthas. Toronto-based cannabis retailer Huge Shops Ontario Inc. was originally authorized to open its "Grower's Retail" store in the plaza at Fowlers Corners outside the city limits, but has since applied to move the store to downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)

The first legal cannabis store in the Kawarthas may now be located in downtown Peterborough rather than beside the Coffee Time in Fowlers Corners on the outskirts of the city.

The proposed “Growers Retail” store is at 225 George Street North, near the corner of Sherbrooke Street, beside the Service Canada location and across from Greg’s No Frills.

In August 2019, Huge Shops Ontario Inc. was one of the successful applicants in the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)’s second cannabis store lottery. The company proposed a store to be located at 566 Frank Hill Road in Fowlers Corners, the plaza at the northwest corner of Highway 7 and Frank Hill Road that contains a Coffee Time store.

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Huge Shops is a Toronto-based cannabis retailer that has a strategic alliance with Chairman’s Brands, parent company of Coffee Time. The store would have been located beside the Coffee Time store, in the space formerly occupied by Tribal Voices.

During December, a sign remained in the window of the empty store at Fowlers Corners advertising for retail managers and sales associates.

The new proposed cannabis store at 225 George Street North is the former location of the Classic Rattan furniture store. A cannabis retail store authorization application to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and a public notice has been posted in the store’s windows since December 20th.

A cannabis retail store authorization application to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and a public notice was posted in the window of 225 George Street North in downtown Peterborough on December 20, 2019. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)
A cannabis retail store authorization application to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and a public notice was posted in the window of 225 George Street North in downtown Peterborough on December 20, 2019. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)
The building at 225 George Street North was previously the location of the Classic Rattan furniture store. The location includes parking.  (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)
The building at 225 George Street North was previously the location of the Classic Rattan furniture store. The location includes parking. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)
Inside the proposed new "Grower's Retail" retail cannabis store at 225 George Street North in downtown Peterborough.  (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)
Inside the proposed new “Growers Retail” retail cannabis store at 225 George Street North in downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)
The proposed  new "Grower's Retail" retail cannabis store at 225 George Street North in downtown Peterborough is located beside the Service Canada location and across from Greg's No Frills.  (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)
The proposed new “Growers Retail” retail cannabis store at 225 George Street North in downtown Peterborough is located beside the Service Canada location and across from Greg’s No Frills. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)

Under the AGCO’s cannabis retail store allocation lottery rules, a selected applicant may submit a request to operate a cannabis retail store at a different address due to extenuating circumstances.

According to reports, Huge Shops decided to apply for a new retail store in downtown Peterborough after municipal zoning issues were identified with the Fowlers Corners location. The company says it may open a retail store at Fowlers Corners at a later date.

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Huge Shops plans to hire as many as 30 part-time and full-time employees at the Growers Retail store. Those interested can apply by emailing jobs@hugeshops.ca or by calling 705-742-1110.

Peterborough residents who have objections to the proposed location — because of concerns related to protecting public health and safety, protecting youth and restricting their access to cannabis, or preventing illicit activities in relation to cannabis — have until Friday (January 3) to submit their objections.

As of December 2019, this sign was still posted in the originally proposed store location of Huge Shops' "Grower's Retail" store at Fowlers Corners. Huge Shops has since applied to move the location of the store to downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Vincent Tam / Google)
As of December 2019, this sign was still posted in the originally proposed store location of Huge Shops’ “Growers Retail” store at Fowlers Corners. Huge Shops has since applied to move the location of the store to downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Vincent Tam / Google)

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