With three stores in Barrie, including the newest store on Grove Street East, as well as outlets in Angus, Innisfil, Bradford and Wasaga Beach, the company now employs 57 people.
The newest Star Buds Cannabis Co. store opened on Friday, joining a growing chain that now has seven locations in Simcoe County, including three right here in Barrie.
The dedication ceremony took place this morning at 477 Grove Street East, with staff and Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MP Doug Shipley on hand for the occasion.
Star Buds opened its first store in Ontario in June 2020 on St. Vincent and Livingstone streets in Barrie and expanded to seven outlets in 14 months, employing 57 people. They also have a local store on Huronia Road in the south of town, as well as stores in Angus, Innisfil, Bradford and Wasaga Beach.
Star Buds director Ryan Orr says he’s very proud of the job opportunities the company has to offer in these uncertain times.
âDuring a pandemic, being able to grow up like that, I think, is a pretty impressive achievement,â Orr said. Barrie today. “So many other companies haven’t been as lucky as we are and we know this industry is thriving, so we are very lucky.”
Recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018, followed by edibles, extracts and topicals the following year.
Since then, there has been a gradual acceptance with the opening of stores in city districts and abroad.
The Grove Street store is located in one of Barrie’s most established neighborhoods – the east end – and one might expect hesitation or reluctance on the part of residents.
But Orr says that wasn’t the case at all.
âIt has only been positive from the community, which is so good. We’re in our third year of legalization and I think a lot of the stigma around cannabis is gone, âOrr said. âThere may be, but not at all as there were. “
Orr credits the amount of product people can get from the store as one of the reasons people are opening up to cannabis.
âIt’s not just the flower. These are oils, CBD products, edibles and chocolates, and even our drinks. There are so many options for everyone and I think this has contributed to the stigma of people who use cannabis, âhe said.
As the chain continues to grow, Orr also says it’s not just about trying to compete in a competitive market. It is also a question of accessibility.
âYou saw an older man leave the store just a few minutes ago. He can live in the area and usually has a hard time getting to any of our other locations and now he can walk or it’s just a short drive, âOrr said. âWe welcome people of all ages. This location helps them if they are in the neighborhood.
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