National Access Cannabis Becomes Canada's Largest Private Recreational Cannabis Retailer by Store Count

Published: November 21, 2018

National Access Cannabis Becomes Canada's Largest Private Recreational Cannabis Retailer by Store Count

National Access Cannabis Corp., a best-practices leader in delivering secure, safe, and responsible access to legal cannabis in Canada, today announced that another eight NewLeaf Cannabis retail locations have received cannabis retail licenses and are expected to open this week in Alberta and one new Meta Cannabis Supply Co store has received a cannabis retail license and is expected to open this week in Manitoba. The addition of nine new stores more than doubles the national number of NAC-owned and licensed cannabis retail stores to 17 — the most of any cannabis retailer in the country, excluding the Government of New Brunswick.

NAC is looking to open a total of 50 locations between META and NewLeaf across Canada by the end of the year and plans to have a total of 150 retail locations operational during 2019, subject to regulatory approvals. With the aligned brand values of META and NewLeaf, NAC is well-positioned to support Canadian consumers and usher in a new era of responsible cannabis consumption.

“NAC, META and NewLeaf have quickly become established and effective leaders in Canada’s cannabis retail market,” said Mark Goliger, CEO of NAC. “We have a bold vision to lead recreational cannabis retail in this country and to date we have backed that up in a big way.” With this week’s openings, NewLeaf grows in size by 160 per cent in Alberta. NewLeaf now has 13-of-65 Alberta licensed stores, the most in the province for any retailer.

Opening This Week – NewLeaf Alberta Operational Cannabis Retail Stores:
(Nov. 20) Westbrook Location – Calgary:  #110, 1935 – 37 Street SW
(Nov. 20) Gateway Village Location – St Albert: #207, 2 Herbert Road
(Nov. 21) 32nd Ave Location – Calgary: 32nd Ave: #9, 2015 – 32 Avenue NE
(Nov. 21) Castleridge Location – Calgary: #9, 12 Castleridge Drive NE
(Nov. 22) Kennedale – Edmonton: #30, 12981 – 50 Street
(Nov. 23) Westgate Location – Lethbridge: #20, 338 University Drive West
(Nov. 23) MacLeod Trail South Location – Calgary: #2, 7400 Macleod Trail SE
(Nov. 23Ellerslie – Edmonton: 9522 Ellerslie Road

Existing NewLeaf Alberta Operational Cannabis Retail Stores:
Southland Location – Calgary: #111, 13 Southland Crescent SW
Midnapore Location – Calgary: #29, 240 Midpark Way SE
Deer Valley Location – Calgary: #18, 13750 Bow Bottom Trail SE
Mayor Magrath Location – Lethbridge: 1328 Mayor Magrath
Mission Location – Calgary: B-21 2500 4 Street SW

META Manitoba Operational Cannabis Retail Stores:
Opening this Week (Nov. 22) – Winnipeg Location, 1881 Grant Avenue
Winnipeg Location, 23-584 Pembina Hwy
Long Plain First Nation / Portage la Prairie Location – 79 Keeshkeemaquah Dr.
Opaskwayak Cree Nation Location, Otineka Mall, Hwy 10 N

Customized training program the key to NewLeaf success
In early September, NewLeaf launched a customized, in-house employee training program in fully built stores. This best-practice program has since been implemented for more than 275 NewLeaf and META employees in Alberta and Manitoba as part of their retail training and education.

“Cannabis is coming out of a long period of prohibition, which has led to many misconceptions, and a lot of misinformation,” said Sarah Bezanson, Director of Training for NewLeaf Cannabis. “We wanted a program that would address that frankly and provide a scientific grounding in cannabis for our staff, equipping them to share that knowledge with our community.”

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