In what appears to be a first for the cannabis industry, Circle K gas stations and convenience stores will play host to cannabis dispensaries.
Green Thumb Industries, owner of RISE Dispensaries, announced plans to expand its medical retail footprint in Florida through a lease agreement with Circle K. Starting in 2023, Green Thumb plans to launch its test and learn phase of the rollout with approximately 10 “RISE Express” branded dispensaries adjacent to Circle K stores in various Florida locations.
Circle K will not be selling cannabis products inside of its U.S. stores.
Through the exclusive agreement, Green Thumb can lease space from Circle K in Florida, where the retailer currently operates approximately 600 locations. The “RISE Express” stores will offer patients a selection of branded cannabis products including RYTHM premium flower, Dogwalkers pre-rolls, incredibles gummies and Shine vapes.
“The opening of RISE Express stores at Circle K locations is a game-changer. Convenience is a strong channel in retail, and people want more access to cannabis,” said Green Thumb Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ben Kovler. “The new RISE Express model is a huge step forward in making it easier and more efficient for patients to purchase high-quality cannabis as part of their everyday routine when stopping by their local convenience store.”
The products available at these retail stores will come from the company’s new 28-acre cultivation facility in Ocala that will be operational by the end of 2022. Green Thumb entered the Florida market in 2018 and currently owns and operates medical cannabis retail stores in Bonita Springs, Deerfield Beach, Hallandale Beach, Kendall, Oviedo, Pinellas Park and West Palm Beach. The Company also has an existing cultivation and processing facility in Homestead.