Large grocery and cannabis chains are among the eight proponents that have sent in proposals to operate cannabis sales in New Brunswick.
The provincial government issued a request for proposals last year looking for a single private operator to run retail stores, wholesale/distribution and online sales for a 10-year period.
The companies under consideration are:
- Canopy Growth, a vertically integrated cannabis producer
- Fire & Flower of Alberta that currently operates 30 cannabis stores in Alberta, seven in Saskatchewan, two in Ontario, as well as one store in Manitoba and the Yukon
- Green Stop Cannabis of Nova Scotia.
- Kiaro Brands, a BC-based company with one store in BC and two in Saskatchewan
- Loblaw Companies, a large Canadian grocery and drugstore chain with cannabis stores in Newfoundland
- The New Brunswick Association of Cannabis Distributors
- RSL NB of New Brunswick
- YSS Corp of Alberta that runs 12 stores in Alberta, and one in Saskatchewan
The successful proponent should be announced in the spring and the new company would take over cannabis sales in New Brunswick later in the year.
Cannabis NB currently runs 20 stores in 15 communities, but those stores will not necessarily be taken over by the new operator.
Photo courtesy of Kiaro.