Condo project prompts Dutch Love, formerly Hobo, to relocate Vancouver cannabis store

The move gives Dutch Love Cannabis a bigger weed shop

Hobo Cannabis Company announced in August a rebranding to Dutch Love Cannabis.

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In May 2019, a weed shop opened in the Marpole neighbourhood of Vancouver. Lightbox Enterprises Ltd. owns the cannabis store at 8425 Granville Street, one of its first Hobo brand outlets in the city.

The retail front now has to move to another location a block south.

The commercial area it currently occupies will soon be redeveloped for a 10-storey mixed-use building.

This means that structures at the site addressed as 1506 West 68th Avenue and 8405-8465 Granville Street will face demolition.

The new development by Wangzhang Homes Ltd. features 45 condo units on levels three to 10. Stores will open on the ground floor. The second floor will see office use.

Vancouver city council approved the rezoning application for the site on June 5, 2018.

Lightbox Enterprises operates as the Hobo Cannabis Company.

In turn, Lightbox Enterprises does business as a company under the Donnelly Group, a hospitality organization that owns pubs and barbershops in Vancouver and Toronto.

Hobo chain rebrands

Hobo opened its first cannabis store in the country in Ottawa in April 2019. It do so, however, amid criticism about its choice of brand name.

Nowadays, the term “hobo” typically refers to homeless people.

In response, Harrison Stoker, vice president with the Donnelly Group, defended the name, saying it refers to travelling workers in the U.S. during the 1920s.

According to Stoker, “hobo” celebrates wanderlust and the spirit of going on a journey.

However, criticism seemed to have continued.

In connection with this situation, Hobo announced in August 2020 a rebranding to Dutch Love Cannabis.

This time, the new name aims to pay homage to Amsterdam in The Netherlands, a popular destination for cannabis tourism.

Weed shop relocation

Going back to Lightbox Enterprises’ planned relocation of its weed shop, it has filed an application for a development permit with the City of Vancouver.

This will enable the company to relocate its existing store in Marpole to a nearby location at 8602 Granville Street.

Donnelly’s Stoker told CannCentral that the move will result in a bigger space for the weed shop.

Stoker also said that the new location at the southeast corner of Granville Street and West 70th Avenue will provide improved parking for customers.

In addition to the Marpole cannabis store, Lightbox Enteprises owns three other weed shops in Vancouver.

The city will receive comments from the public about the development permit application until Friday (September 25).

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