Spirtileaf hits 100 locations across Canada
Published on July 9, 2021 by David Wylie
Cannabis retail chain Spiritleaf is the first retailer in Canada to open 100 stores.
They celebrated the 100th store opening milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Spiritleaf South Keys store located in the south end of Ottawa.
“It’s an amazing achievement for our trailblazing community,” says President and CEO Darren Bondar.
“That growth trajectory has been tremendous, and we have such respect and gratitude for our franchise partners and all the Spritleaf staff for making this happen. It’s a testament to our collective passion, dedication and energy that we have reached this milestone.”
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Vernon’s Spiritleaf franchise was the first brick-and-mortar cannabis store to open in the Okanagan Valley. It just celebrated its second anniversary on July 1.
There are four Spiritleaf locations in the Okanagan—Vernon, Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Penticton. All are franchises owned by different area residents.
Spiritleaf opened its first store in October 2018.
Across Canada, Spiritleaf now has 101 stores, a mix of franchises and corporate locations.
They’re currently operating in 55 cities throughout six provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador).
“In just 33 months since legalization, we’ve opened more than 100 corporate and franchise stores from coast to coast across the country, which is one new store about every 10 days,” says Bondar.
More than three million people buy weed from Spiritleaf stores over a year, with more than $100 million in sales.
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“When Spiritleaf opens a store, it creates new jobs and business prospects in the local community. The benefits range from store management and staff positions to more work for suppliers, contractors and construction crews,” says Bondar.
Spiritleaf is giving away commemorative #100 pins to the first 100 guests at all of its stores this weekend.
The Spiritleaf Collective customer benefits program recently surpassed 310,000 members.