Jima Cannabis set for expansion in Vancouver

The recreational cannabis brand plans to open multiple stores across B.C.

Jima Retail Corporation is wholly owned by TCap Private Equity, with Jeff Prete as president of the cannabis company.

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Vancouver-based Jima Cannabis plans to open at least two retail shops in its home city.

The brand is eyeing two west side locations, and has applied for a development permit in one at 4055 Cambie Street.

The site is the former Combat Club Fitness gym at the mixed-use Cambie Star building at the northwest corner of Cambie Street and King Edward Avenue.

The building is on top of the King Edward Station of Canada Line.

If approved, this will be the first Jima Cannabis store in Vancouver.

On its website, Jima Cannabis mentions West 4th Avenue as another future location in the city.

In addition, the brand is eyeing two possible shops in Victoria.

Jima Retail Corporation owns the brand, with Jeff Prete as president of the company.

The corporation in turn is owned by TCap Private Equity, which is based in Downtown Vancouver.

“It is important that Jima hears from the community,” Jima Cannabis wrote in an operational letter that forms part of its application for a development permit with the City of Vancouver.

It added: “We are going to be hosting virtual public consultation meetings during this process.”

The city will accept comments from the public about the application until September 30.

Earlier, Jima Cannabis announced the scheduled opening of its store in Abbotsford on July 1, 2021.

In a media release, the company revealed that it has plans to open eight cannabis stores across B.C. before the end of the year.

The release also mentioned that Jima Cannabis has an “ongoing outreach program that allows community artists to submit paintings and photography that will be displayed in-store and available for purchase at a price set by the artist”.

“We want to get to know the communities we’re a part of and find ways to give back,” Prete said in the release. “If we can use our storefront to support local artists we’re more than happy to do it.”

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