LAKEVIEW — A mammoth pot shop is set to open near Wrigley Field by the end of the year.
Sunnyside Lakeview, a dispensary owned by Chicago-based cannabis giant Cresco Labs, will move three blocks south along Clark Street to a large building formerly occupied by John Barleycorn.
The Zoning Board of Appeals granted Cresco Labs’ a special use permit to sell medical and recreational weed at the new building, 3524 N. Clark St., on Friday. The permit is conditioned on the company relinquishing the permits it holds to sell at its current location, 3812 N. Clark St.
That condition is a formality. Cresco officials said during the meeting they anticipate being able to accommodate 2,000 customers a day at the new location, up from the 1,200 it typically sees at its current spot.
“It’s exciting to win unanimous support to relocate our Lakeview Sunnyside to a much larger and optimized location,” Jason Erkes, chief communications officer for Cresco Labs, said after the meeting.
Erkes said they hope to move in the next four to six weeks, pending final inspections from city and state regulators.
Rendering of Sunnyside Lakeview’s future sales floor at 3524 N. Clark St. Provided.
The company has sought to relocate to the larger digs for two years, but it was blocked by state law that disallowed existing medical marijuana dispensaries to relocate after they were converted to dual-use dispensaries — selling medical and recreational weed — when recreational sales began in January 2020.
An amendment approved this summer to the state law cleared that hiccup, allowing dual-use dispensaries to relocate within the same geographic boundary tied to its medical license.
The new store on Clark will be more than 10,000 square feet and will have 21 registers, while there are just three at the current location.
Cresco CEO Charlie Bachtell estimated moving to the larger location will