KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo’s newest cannabis business is looking to hire 30 new employees.
Mint Cannabis, originally from Arizona, is opening its first Michigan store in Kalamazoo later this month, said Joey Kejbou, co-founder of Mint Cannabis Michigan.
The 3,500-square-foot store located at 730 E. Cork Street has been completely gutted and renovated from floor to ceiling, Kejbou said.
“The building that we found was in need of a lot of TLC,” he said. “We saw some upside, an opportunity to create an asset that would be good for the community entirely and a market where there’s definitely an opportunity for employment opportunities and social equity participants and things of that nature.”
Kejbou and his partner Omar Fakhouri have had their eye on the Kalamazoo market since the area opted-in for medical marijuana.
“We like the Kalamazoo market,” Kejbous said. “We thought there was a good opportunity there. It came up on the map as one of the first eligible areas and we decided to pursue it.”
In the past eight months, both the city and the township have also opted-in for adult-use marijuana. Nearby, Portage has also allowed adult-use marijuana business.
All products at Mint will be Michigan-based but will also include out-of-state brands with Michigan producers.
Though it is not yet licensed locally to sell recreational marijuana, the store plans to submit its adult-use license and launch its grand opening offering both products, Kejbou said.
Other pending Mint Michigan locations include Portage, Berkley and Clare.
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