New openings bring the company store count in Ontario to 46
CALGARY, AB, December 15, 2022 /CNW/ – High Tide Inc. (“High Tide” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: HITI) (TSXV: HITI) (FSE: 2LYA), a leading retail-focused cannabis company with bricks-and-mortar as well as global e-commerce assets, announced today that its Canna Cabana retail cannabis store located at 235 Ira Needles Blvd, Kitchener, Ontario, has begun selling recreational cannabis products and consumption accessories for adult use and that its store located at 201 Cundles Road E, in Barrie, Ontario, is scheduled to open tomorrow. These openings represent High Tide’s 143rd and 144th stores nationwide and 45th and 46th in the province of Ontario.
The new Kitchener store is located within a commercial shopping plaza and is anchored by a provincially owned liquor store, a major grocery chain and a nationally recognized pharmacy. Located in Kitchener’s east end, the new store will provide convenient access to both Cabana Club and Cabana ELITE members in a currently underserviced neighbourhood.
The Barrie location is in an established commercial plaza and is anchored by major discount grocery and retail chains, several locally-owned restaurants and an internationally recognized coffee shop. A walkable distance from Georgian College, it is also situated close to Highway 400, which is a major provincial expressway frequently used by cottage goers.
“Canna Cabana continues to expand across Ontario, Canada’s largest province, and today, I am pleased to announce the opening of our first store in Barrie and our third store in Kitchener. Just an hour outside the greater Toronto area, Barrie is a small but growing tech hub, home to major data centres for companies like BMO and IBM. The Kitchener-Waterloo region is also home to a booming tech sector, including two of the fastest growing tech companies in Canada as listed on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 list in 2022,” said Raj Grover, President and Chief Executive Officer of High Tide.
“Ontario has been fertile ground for growth for Canna Cabana, especially in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. Our new Kitchener store is situated in a high-quality power centre, with national tenants, and sets us up for further success with our expansion into Kitchener’s east end. Our first Barrie location opens a new and exciting market for Canna Cabana, which is amongst the best demographics for cannabis use in the province and will serve nearly 150,000 local residents as well as those heading into cottage country from the Greater Toronto Area. I look forward to announcing more stores this month as High Tide moves closer to our goal of 150 Canna Cabana stores by the end of 2022,” added Mr. Grover.
ABOUT HIGH TIDE
High Tide is a leading retail-focused cannabis company with bricks-and-mortar as well as global e-commerce assets. The Company is the largest non-franchised cannabis retail chain in Canada, with 144 current locations spanning British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. The Company is also North America’s first cannabis discount club retailer, under the Canna Cabana banner, which is the single-largest cannabis retail brand in Canada, with additional locations under development across the country. High Tide’s portfolio also includes retail kiosks and smart locker technology – Fastendr™. High Tide has been serving consumers for over a decade through its established e-commerce platforms, including Grasscity.com, Smokecartel.com, Dailyhighclub.com, and Dankstop.com and more recently in the hemp-derived CBD space through Nuleafnaturals.com, FABCBD.com, BlessedCBD.co.uk, BlessedCBD.de, and Amazon United Kingdom, as well as its wholesale distribution division under Valiant Distribution, including the licensed entertainment product manufacturer Famous Brandz. High Tide was featured in the Report on Business Magazine’s ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies in both 2021 and 2022 and was named as one of the top 10 performing diversified industries stocks in the 2022 TSX Venture 50™. 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.
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