New cannabis facility in Guelph will help Ontario “have the most stores in the country.”

The Ontario Cannabis Store said it plans to move its current facility from Oakville to accommodate the rapid growth of retail outlets across the province, according to CTV News.

“Right now, we’re at 160 stores and the government has made a commitment that they’re going to allow the market to determine how many stores there are,” said Daffyd Roderick, director of communications for OCS. “We are expected to support a number of stores we believe by the end of the year. We’ll have the most stores in the country.”

The exact location of the facility has not been revealed but it will be close to highway 401, an important consideration for the OCS as it focuses on growth and mobility. “There’s a strong community there that has the ability to support the workforce needs,” Roderick said. “We’ll receive product from more than 75 licensed producers across the province and across Canada and we’ll distribute that produce.”

The distribution centre — which is expected to be operational in October — represents a much-needed shot in the arm for the area’s economy, said Guelph mayor Cam Guthrie. “It’s a great win for our city,” he said.“There’s 200 local jobs,” he said. “When those people have a job, they get to buy a car, buy a house, go out for dinner, go to entertainment.

“So, that helps the entire economy.”

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