Calgary Co-op Opens Cannabis Store

Macleod Trail store believed to be Canada’s first co-operative retail cannabis location.

October 24, 2018, Calgary, Alberta – Calgary Co-operative Association Limited (“Calgary Co-op”) launched its new Cannabis division with the opening of its Macleod Trail store today.

“We’re officially open for business,” says Jim Riege, senior director, cannabis, “Our Macleod Trail store is stocked with an array of cannabis products and our team is looking forward to sharing their expertise, and educating members on the varieties available.”

Co-op Cannabis welcomes members and customers, from first-time buyers to those more familiar with the product. “Our team has knowledge on the strains of cannabis and the responsible use of these products,” says Riege. “We will invest time with our members to educate them on the varieties and the accessories available.”

With glass display cases scattered across the 1,400 square foot sales floor, Co-op Cannabis is designed to provide an open and comfortable shopping experience, with time to browse, and even sniffer jars to learn more about the unique characteristics of various products.

“As part of the community since 1956, we care deeply about being Calgary’s best and most trusted place to shop for food, wine, fuel and more – and Co-op Cannabis is dedicated to providing a similar exceptional shopping experience,” says Jeff Ambrose, vp, operations, petroleum, wines spirits beer, cannabis and home health care. “We encourage members who are curious about the offering and the responsible use of these products, to visit our store. It’s a safe and welcoming environment and our team is available to answer questions.”

Set to become one of the largest cannabis retail co-operatives in Canada, Co-op Cannabis is already building a reputation of supporting local producers with a selection of locally-crafted glass pipes. Customers can also purchase vaporizers, water pipes, cleaning kits and rolling papers at the store.

Co-op Cannabis is located at 8720 Macleod Trail Southeast and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Additional store openings are planned over the next year.

About Calgary Co-op
Owned by members, Calgary Co-op is one of the largest retail co-operatives in North America. Our locations in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks and Strathmore include: food centres, pharmacies, gas stations, car washes, commercial cardlocks, home health care centres, cannabis stores and wine, spirits and beer locations. With over 440,000 members, 3,850 employees, assets of $572 million and annual sales of $1.2 billion, Calgary Co-op was recognized as one of Alberta's Top 70 Employers of 2018, and is committed to delivering an exceptional customer experience through inspired team members.



For further information, please contact:
Karen Allan
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Events and Charitable Giving
Calgary Co-operative Association Limited
Office: 403.219.6025 ext. 6105