The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. has expanded to Niagara, having opened its latest retail store in Niagara Falls, Friday.
The Hunny Pot gained notoriety when it opened its first location in Toronto in 2019 and became the first-ever legal cannabis retailer in the city.
Following the opening of its first store, Hunny Pot opened additional stores in Toronto and in Burlington, Milton, and Hamilton.
“With our brand pursuing expansion across Ontario, we are thrilled about the location we have secured in Niagara,” said owner Hunny Gawri.
“This area is where we want to be and being able to bring quality cannabis, cannabis accessories, and knowledge about the legal cannabis industry to the people of Niagara is our main goal.”
Spanning 1,500-square-feet of retail space, the new store at 6161 Thorold Stone Road, in a bustling plaza near five corners, offers a range of cannabis products including dried flower, pre-rolls, oils, capsules, edibles, beverages, and bath bombs, along with a variety of accessories.
Currently, all Hunny Pot locations are operating by curbside pickup only, due to government restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19.
But typically, locations allow for customers to browse products on the store floor utilizing sensory jars to see the cannabis they can purchase. Customers are also able to tap into knowledgeable budtenders to ask questions about available products.
“The Hunny Pot has been so fortunate to greet over three-quarters of a million customers through our doors since opening the first store,” said Gawri.
“We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, elevated and modern store interiors, and carrying the most sought-after brands and accessories. Our goal is to bring these same trademarks to the Niagara location.”
Spokesperson Cameron Brown said Niagara Falls “hits close to home” for Gawri and himself.
“We actually met about eight years ago in Niagara Falls,” said Brown. “He was buying an investment property, we both have real-estate backgrounds, and I lived in Niagara Falls for about three years.”
He said they always followed Niagara, describing it as a “great place.”
“I’m from Hamilton myself and made a lot of friends and connections in the Niagara area, and we knew we wanted to be down in Niagara – very unique group of people down there, and a very busy place, outside of COVID.”
Brown said finding a location in a well-travelled corner of the city, in the same plaza with popular businesses such as Commisso’s, Tim Hortons, and McDonald’s, was important.
He said while it’s not ideal to open during a provincial lockdown and stay-at-home order, he noted cannabis “doesn’t follow any traditional trends.”
“We want people in the store. We want people to see what we’ve built. We want them talking to our budtenders,” he said.
“Curbside is not ideal for us, but it’s part of our life at…