Calgary approves major grocers like Calgary Co-op and Superstore to sell cannabis

Calgary approves major grocers like Calgary Co-op and Superstore to sell cannabis

The City of Calgary recently released a list of speeches which were approved to sell cannabis which includes some big grocery chains like Calgary Co-op and the Real Canadian Superstore.

Overall, 12 Calgary Co-ops, 7 Real Canadian Superstores, and 1 Real Canadian Liquor Store have been approved by the city, and Calgary Co-op is already in the process of hiring managers for its cannabis retail locations, which will all be unionized, according to Calgary Co-op’s cannabis senior director Jeff Riege.

“Some will be ready for the Oct. 17 legalization date but others are being built from the bottom up. Thus far, most members and staff are enthusiastic about the foray to the new market”, Riege informed CBC.

At the moment, Calgary Co-op sells liquor, gas, and fresh produce, and its plans for cannabis retail comprise all 300 or so products being locking behind cabinets. Although you won’t be able to touch the cannabis, there are plans for “sniff jars” for certain types and strains of cannabis.

Four of Calgary’s malls have also been approved for cannabis retail: Chinook Centre, Southcentre Mall, Deerfoot City Mall, and Midnapore Mall.

Coffee series Second Cup will also be receiving a little more like Amsterdam as 3 of its locations also got approved, together with National Access Cannabis to conduct the dispensaries (whose leadership consists of former RCMP officers and the former CEO of Tweed).

It should be noted that currently, there are no plans for consumption lounges in Calgary and city council has voted to ban public cannabis consumption as well, so you won’t be able to smoke in the coffee shops like you would in Amsterdam and munchies aren’t allowed to be sold at some of the dispensaries, either, as a result of provincial regulations, according to CBC.

420 Premium Market has stated that 7 of their 9 applications were approved and Newleaf Cannabis got 9 stores while 2 were rejected.

The City of Calgary stated that as of Friday, Aug. 10, all the applications to market cannabis filed in April have been examined.

Featured image courtesy of Shikatani Lacroix.


CBC: Calgary Co-op becomes ready to sell cannabis this fall.

The Star: Calgary Co-op among leading cannabis retailers securing city approvals.

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