Calgary-based retail operators hope to have 200 staff by the end of summer

Mario ToneguzziNewLeaf Cannabis, an Alberta-owned company of Calgary-based operators, has applied for 22 retail cannabis store licence applications for locations across Alberta, including CalgaryEdmontonRed DeerSt. AlbertAirdrieLethbridge and Medicine Hat.

“The future is friendly for those committed to responsible cannabis retail store management,” said Angus Taylor, the company’s chief administrative officer, in a news release.

“Legal cannabis has the potential to help a lot of people, and we’re committed to ushering a new, more accurate narrative into the mainstream; leading by example with products and business practices that are beyond reproach; operating in the open, where responsible Albertans can include purchasing cannabis as part of their regular shopping routine.”

The company says it wants to change negative attitudes towards cannabis and its retailers with services focused on education and appropriate-fit product recommendations.

“We have been engaging landlords and signing leases since last summer, and there are more coming every day it seems. We’re just Albertans that see an opportunity to create strong cannabis businesses here in our province. We hope to employ over 200 staff by the end of summer,” added Angus.

Respected business writer Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald in various capacities, including 12 years as a senior business writer.


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