Central Cannabis claims the honour of being the first cannabis to open in London, Ontario. Located in a strip mall on Wonderland Road at Farrah Road, the store opened on April 1, 2019 and business has been brisk ever since.
Licensee Chris Comrie won the opportunity to open one of the first 25 privately-owned retail stores in the province through a lottery run by the AGCO. To open the store, he worked with Ontario Cannabis Holdings Corp (OCH), founders of NewLeaf Cannabis, a chain of cannabis a stores already well established across Alberta.
“Shortly after winning the Ontario cannabis retail lottery, I travelled to Calgary to see firsthand what the OCH executive team had accomplished in terms of retail success with NewLeaf, and it was quickly apparent that their experience was unmatched in the industry,” said Comrie. “They had twice as many licensed stores as the next-largest brand in a very competitive market, and their approach to this growing industry and business strategy was a perfect fit for me and my store’s success.”
One of the first legal cannabis stores to open its doors in southwestern Ontario, Central Cannabis offers an unintimidating environment to discover, learn, and shop legal cannabis products and ancillary items.
Warm wood fixtures, white walls, and pops of spring green keep this store feeling fresh. Display cases propped with cannabis packages and accessories line the perimeter of this store making it feel spacious, if not a little sparse.
Browse the entire store with ease by completing the circuit of displays that hug the walls.
Those seeking assistance in making selections can engage with tablet-equipped budtenders who dispense advice and forward orders on to the cashiers who provide proof of payment so that customers can collect orders as they’re ready.
Products & Pricing
Borrowing a page from our own playbook, you’ll find strain types colour coded in Leafly’s signature colours: green for hybrid, purple for indica, and orange for sativa. Printed postcards provide strain specifics including THC and CBD content, terpene notes and other details to help customers make informed decisions.
Customers will also find select bud samples in sensory jars and can get a complete overview of the store’s menu (including prerolls, oils, and capsules for sale) on big screens mounted behind the service counters. Weed-wise, all the major LPs are accounted for: RedeCan, Broken Coast, Liiv, Tweed, etc. Prices are more or less the same as the OCS.
When it comes to accessories, the selection is slightly more distinct. A rainbow of blown glass and carved wood pipes sit along high-tech gadgets like the OTTO joint machine.
What You Should Know
Located in a busy strip mall, the store (wrapped in vibrantly coloured vinyl graphics) stands out from as far as the other side of the street, though it’s due to be replaced with a renovated storefront in the months to come.
The store is wheelchair accessible and parking in the plaza is plentiful. Don’t forget your ID—security guards are stationed at the front door and will only permitted 19+ individuals to enter.