Huge dispensary to open in Wrigleyville in former John Barleycorn space
LAKEVIEW – A massive pottery store is slated to open near Wrigley Field by the end of the year.
Sunnyside Lakeview, a dispensary owned by Chicago-based cannabis giant Cresco Labs, will move three blocks south along Clark Street to a tall building formerly occupied by John Barleycorn.
On Friday, the Zoning Appeal Board granted Cresco Labs a special use permit to sell medicinal and recreational herb in the new building, 3524 N. Clark St. The permit is conditional on the company relinquishes permits it holds to sell at its current location, 3812 N. Clark St.
This condition is a formality. Cresco officials said at the meeting that they expect to be able to accommodate 2,000 customers per day at the new location, compared to the 1,200 it typically sees at its current location.
“It’s exciting to gain unanimous support for moving our Lakeview Sunnyside to a much larger and more optimized location,” said Jason Erkes, communications director for Cresco Labs, after the meeting.
Erkes said they hope to move within the next four to six weeks, pending final inspections from city and state regulators.
The company sought to move to the larger digs for two years, but was blocked by state law that prohibited medical marijuana dispensaries from relocating after they were converted to dual-use dispensaries – selling medical and recreational grass – when recreational sales began in January 2020.
An amendment approved this summer to state law addressed that hiccup, allowing dual-use dispensaries to relocate within the same geographic boundary tied to his medical license.
The new store on Clark will be over 10,000 square feet and will have 21 checkouts, while there are only three at the current location.
Cresco CEO Charlie Bachtell estimated that the move to the larger location would bring in an additional $ 4.5 million in tax revenue to the state in 2022.
The jar store will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and customers will be able to order inside the store or pre-order online before making the purchase at the store.
Workers at the current Sunnyside Lakeview location voted to unionize in 2020 and have since signed a contract with the company. This contract and unionized workforce will move to the new location, Erkes said.
The union vote was only for the specific clinic and did not affect other clinics owned by the company. It operates dispensaries in Illinois and nine other states. The company is listed on the Canadian Stock Exchange.
Bachtell said the current location of the company’s dispensary in Wrigleyville will be converted to a learning center to train newly established minority-owned businesses in a dispensary environment. The training center will not be allowed to handle or sell cannabis. The company did not give a specific opening date.
The Cannabis Equity Coalition Illinois organized itself against this decision and filed a letter of objection with the zoning council.
The group argued that Cresco should not be allowed to move until the state’s new batch of conditional dispensary licenses are released from the ongoing litigation that blocks its final approval.
For the first time in Illinois, the new group of licensees includes minority-owned businesses.
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