The former Aldi Store on Main and Henderson will soon be selling produce again.
Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development Ken Springer announced yesterday the building will become Galesburg’s first cannabis dispensary on Jan. 1.
Before any cannabis business can come to a community, a town’s governing body has to invite them in essentially by establishing zoning.
Communities like Morton, Monmouth, and Naperville have already opted out of in-town pot sales.
Galesburg Council voted 5-0 in favor of a resolution in July to give the administration the go-ahead to draft a cannabis business ordinance.
They can approve it at their first meeting in September.
Springer says he and the city looked for a way to meet cannabis businesses interested in a Galesburg entry, and he says they can do that by putting downzoning for pot businesses, well before Jan. 1
“They not only have to find real estate, [but they also have to go through] the transaction process in buying that real estate,” Springer tells WGIL. “They have to retrofit it — build it out. They have to hire staff, train staff, stock shelves, buy signs, landscape the place, promote themselves — there’s all this stuff that has to happen before January 1. So our thought was if we’re going to do this, then let’s go [and] get the zoning done.”
Springer said his phone was lighting up in the days after the legislature legalizing recreation marijuana, from entities looking to enter Knox County.
Nature’s Treatment of Illinois operating out of Milan have plans to take their existing business model and put it to work at the former Aldi building on Henderson and Main Streets.
The law was written so only existing businesses would be apart of the first wave of cannabis businesses allowed to enter the recreational