Burnaby finally getting first cannabis store as government shop set to open

The shop is located on Kingsway Avenue

Burnaby will be getting its first BC Cannabis store on Kingsway Avenue | Photo: Jess Balzer

A new cannabis shop will be lighting up this week in Burnaby. 

BC Cannabis Stores has announced the doors to its new shop located at Unit 1-4429 Kingsway Ave. (Old Orchard Shopping Centre) will open Oct. 27 as of 10 a.m.

The store will be operational from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday and most statutory holidays with products ranging from edibles, extracts, dried cannabis flower, oils, capsules, pre-rolls and topicals. 

The BC Liquor Distribution Branch says the store is 4,432 square feet and is currently planned to be staffed by seven full-time employees, as well as 12 auxiliary employees. 

"This is the third store to open in Metro Vancouver after Port Coquitlam and New Westminster that opened last year," said the LDB's Kevin Satterefield in an announcement.

"Our cannabis consultants undergo extensive training and are eager to guide customers to a purchase that meets their needs while reinforcing the values of responsible use and safety. 

"We look forward to serving our customers in the community of Burnaby." 

Burnaby's regulations allow one government store in each of the city's four town centres: Metrotown, Edmonds, Lougheed and Brentwood). 

In June of 2020, city council approved two new commercial zones that would allow government-run pot shops, but have made space for private stores.

Mayor Mike Hurley, also in June of 2020, told the NOW the city is open to hearing from interested private store operators.

As COVID-19 restrictions remain in place, the LDB says they will be complying with orders and guidelines issued by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, including the mandate of masks being worn in public indoor spaces. 

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