CALGARY, Jan. 24, 2019 /CNW/ – High Tide Inc. (“High Tide” or the “Company”) (CSE:HITI), an Alberta-based downstream cannabis corporation focused on the manufacturing and wholesale distribution of smoking accessories and cannabis lifestyle products, today announced that it has opened two additional Canna Cabana retail stores in Alberta, the first being located at 10831 100 Street in Grande Prairie and the second being located at Unit 101, 3342 Parsons Road NW in Edmonton (the “Locations”), thereby bringing its total number of Canna Cabana outlets to seven. The Locations have met all municipal business requirements and are approved to sell smoking accessories and cannabis lifestyle products while the temporary suspension of incremental cannabis retail licensing by Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (“AGLC”) remains in effect.
Opening these Locations allows Canna Cabana employees to engage with the community, educate customers about cannabis and smoking accessories, as well as accept Health Canada-approved cannabis product packaging through the Company’s free in-store recycling program.
We have been operating as a manufacturer and retailer of cannabis accessories for ten years, and, as such, temporarily operating stores without cannabis is a perfect opportunity to leverage our strengths while we wait for the cannabis supply situation to improve.
Raj Grover, President and Chief Executive Officer of High Tide
By proceeding in this way, we are employing local staff, reducing waste through our recycling program and building customer and stakeholder relationships by communicating the values associated with the Canna Cabana brand.
In addition to its seven operating Canna Cabana stores, High Tide continues to move forward with its next 26 locations that are currently under various stages of construction. In total, the Company has 33 development permits for its Canna Cabana and KushBar retail cannabis stores across Alberta and expects to receive the four remaining development permits required to achieve the AGLC’s effective maximum of 37 retail cannabis locations in the province in the short-term.
About High Tide Inc.
High Tide is an Alberta-based, downstream cannabis corporation focused on the manufacturing and wholesale distribution of smoking accessories and cannabis lifestyle products. It is a vertically-integrated company in the Canadian cannabis market, with portfolio subsidiaries including RGR Canada Inc., Famous Brandz Inc., Kush West Distribution Inc., Smoker’s Corner Ltd., Grasscity.com, Canna Cabana Inc. and the majority of KushBar Inc. High Tide’s strategy as a parent company is to extend and strengthen its integrated value chain, while providing a complete customer experience and maximizing shareholder value.
Representing the core of High Tide’s business, RGR Canada Inc. is a high-quality and innovative designer, manufacturer and distributor of cannabis accessories. Famous Brandz Inc. is a dominant manufacturer of licensed lifestyle accessories, through partnerships with celebrities and entertainment companies including Snoop Dogg and Paramount Pictures. Famous Brandz’ products are sold to wholesalers and retailers around the world. Founded in 2009 and approved by the Canadian Franchise Association, Smoker’s Corner Ltd. is Canada’s largest counter-culture chain with 19 locations, five of which are being converted into Canna Cabana locations. Kush West Distribution is in the process of becoming a cannabis wholesaler in the province of Saskatchewan. Based in Amsterdam since 2000, Grasscity.com is the world’s preeminent and most searchable online retailer of smoking accessories and cannabis lifestyle products with approximately 5.8 million site visits annually. With the deregulation of recreational cannabis for adult use across Canada, Canna Cabana Inc. is in the process of becoming a sizeable retail brand through a modern concept with a sophisticated yet playful customer experience, while KushBar Inc. is a retail concept that will also be focused on the valued Canadian cannabis consumer.