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Green Thumb Industries (GTI), one of the largest multi-state operators in the United States, has signed an agreement with Circle K – one of the world’s largest convenience store chains – to lease space and d to open medical cannabis dispensaries attached to Circle K stores in Florida.
GTI plans a rollout of 10 stores in 2023 to test the model.
GTI, which also owns the Rise Dispensaries chain, will name its Florida stores Rise Express. Rise Express stores will sell cannabis flower, pre-rolls, vape cartridges and edibles.
Circle K, owned by the Canadian group Couche-Tard, has more than 600 stores in Florida.
“The opening of Rise Express stores in Circle K stores is a game changer. Convenience is a strong channel in retail, and people want greater access to cannabis,” Ben Kovler, founder and CEO of GTI, said in a statement.
Produce to be sold in Rise Express stores will come from GTI’s 10-hectare Florida grow site in Ocala, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2022.
According to the state health department, Florida has more than 700,000 medical cannabis cardholders.
The Couche-Tard group announced in 2017 that it wanted to start selling cannabis. In 2019, she announced that she had made a strategic investment in the company Fire & Flower. The opening of two branches in Alberta, again alongside Circle K convenience stores, resulted from the partnership.
More recently, last September, the latter two continued their joint growth by opening a cannabis retail branch, Spark Perks, in Brampton, Ontario, also adjacent to a Circle K gas station.
In 2021, Couche-Tard also joined forces with Canopy Growth to bring Tweed businesses to Ontario and sell Whisl CBD vape cartridges at Circle K’s 3,000 U.S. locations.