The three units in-between Tutti Frutti restaurant and The House of Cheese & Deli at Trinity Common at Citigate complex, located at 4335 Strandherd Avenue will be a new marijuana store. The three units total about 6,000 square feet says one nearby proprietor, so the new store could be quite large. Julie Oliver/Postmedia Julie Oliver / Postmedia
The cannabis store proposed for a mall on Strandherd Drive in Barrhaven is part of a new retail chain arriving in Ontario called One Plant.
One Plant was created as a joint venture between cannabis company Aleafia Health Inc. and the Serruya family, who are best known for creating the Yogen Früz yogurt outlets.
The public has until Nov. 22 to provide comments on the proposed One Plant store at 4335 Strandherd Dr. near Hélène Campbell Road, sandwiched between a Tutti Frutti restaurant and a House of Cheese store, in a mall not far from a Costco.
The proposed shop is owned by Ethan Stark, one of the winners of a second lottery held by the province in August to award the right to apply for cannabis store licences.
Stark has an agreement with One Plant, which will provide “retail knowhow and management expertise,” said Christina Porretta, executive assistant to Serruya Private Equity.
In a statement, Porretta said the company expects that five One Plant stores will be open in the province by January. A One Plant store proposed by a lottery winner for Stouffville, in the Greater Toronto Area, is up for public comment until Wednesday. A cannabis store now operating in Ajax called Smok will be rebranded. One Plant stores are also planned by lottery winners for downtown Toronto and Barrie, she said.
Ottawa now has three cannabis stores that opened last spring and are operated by winners of the first lottery: a Hobo outlet on Bank Street near Gladstone; a Fire & Flower outlet on York Street in the ByWard Market; and Superette at 1306 Wellington St. West.
Four more stores, including the One Plant in Barrhaven, are proposed by winners of the second lottery. If they are approved, that will bring the total number of shops in the city to seven.
The other proposed stores are ABC Cannabis at 1642 Merivale Rd., High Flight at 1000 Wellington St. W., and another Hobo brand store at 121 Clarence St. in the ByWard Market. None of those stores has been