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Three pot stores headed this way

New cannabis stores dealing with ownership, design challenges
By Brenna Visser

The Daily Astorian

Published on October 30, 2017 11:16AM

Last changed on November 3, 2017 10:43AM

A third marijuana retailer has applied to operate at 3115 S. Hemlock St. in Tolovana.

Brenna Visser/The Daily Astorian

A third marijuana retailer has applied to operate at 3115 S. Hemlock St. in Tolovana.

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As Five Zero Trees eyes a soft opening in a few weeks, two other marijuana retailers have also been working to establish a presence in the city.

Oregrown Inc. co-founder Aviv Hadar said the Bend-based retailer still has intentions to open a store at the location of Purple Moon Boutique on Hemlock Street. He and the other founders of the company have “struck a deal” with building owner Gene Cope to purchase the property.

The team had its designs approved by the Design Review Board this summer and is in the process of obtaining a license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The store opening will depend on when Abbas Atwi, the owner of Purple Moon Boutique, is ready to go, Hadar said.

“We’re going to let this play its natural course,” Hadar said. “When we do something it’s very methodical. Every little tiny nook and cranny needs to be perfect and thought out. If it takes a year to get the place open, so be it.”

Atwi declined to comment.

Daryl Bell’s plans to open a marijuana store at 3115 S. Hemlock St. in Tolovana, however, are stalled. The Design Review Board rejected his application Thursday because it lacked detail and failed to address parking issues board members cited two months ago at his last hearing.

The parking spaces are drawn onto the city’s right of way, City Planner Mark Barnes said, and would need to be redesigned in order to be in compliance.

“The parking situation at this location is something that would need to be addressed for anyone with commercial use,” Barnes said.

Nancy Benson, operations manager of PPC Holdings, represents Bell and said that redesigning the parking layout was too costly to do in the time allotted. But they intend to reapply to the Design Review Board in the future.

“We’re still hoping to open at that location,” Benson said.



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