SKOKIE, IL — The village’s first marijuana dispensary is set to open to the public Thursday. Located across the street from the Old Orchard Mall, the 10,000-square foot recreational cannabis retailer will become the largest location in Illinois operated by Grassroots Cannabis and the flagship of its Greenhouse brand.
The dispensary has received all the necessary licenses from the state to begin selling weed to adults 21 and over next week at the 1000 Skokie Blvd. location, according regulators. The 63-year-old building formerly housed clothing store, a furniture seller and, until 2017, a bank.
But over the past several months it has been undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation.
“The entire character of the space has changed both inside and outside, and we think it’s going to be an iconic building,” Mitch Kahn, co-founder and chief executive officer of Grassroots, told Patch.
Architects Peter Theodore and Stephen Coorlass designed a new exterior to the building, while a new two-level interior was designed by Epoch Design Group. According to the company, the second floor will be dedicated to in-depth consultations with staff and pick-ups of pre-ordered products.
The interior of the Skokie Greenhouse dispensary was designed by Peter Theodore and Stephen Coorlass of Camburas Theodore LTD.(Greenhouse)
Kahn said the company was excited to be located in Skokie so close to one of the largest and busiest malls in the state.
“I think it’s going to be great to continue to build on the fact that we’ve been the dominant dispensary in the North Shore,” he said.
There will be 14 point-of-sale stations at the Skokie Greenhouse dispensary, and Kahn said he expected the space to be able to handle a large amount of customers.
“The state is still supply-challenged, so it’s hard to gauge yet how quick the