POTTSVILLE — The planned medical marijuana dispensary in the Schuylkill Trust Co. building is scheduled to open this fall.
Michael Perlman, executive vice president of investor relations and treasury for Jushi Holdings Inc., said the company expects to open the facility on the first floor of the building at 101 N. Centre St. by the end of September.
The dispensary, which will operate under the name Beyond/Hello, will have medical marijuana as well as cartridges, flowers, concentrates, topicals, tinctures and merchandise such as bandanas, T-shirts, hoodies and face masks. He said that the company is in the construction phase of the project and getting the store’s interior ready. Customers will be able to pre-order items online and pick them up in store.
“We’re planning to have a specific brand and feel to the store,” Perlman said Monday.
Construction had been delayed, he said, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Tom Wolf ordered most construction projects halted last spring to curb the virus’ spread and they resumed in late spring.
City Administrator Thomas A. Palamar said Jushi, based in Boca Raton, Florida, received a building permit for construction of the first floor a year ago, that has since expired.
He added that the company and its engineering firm have worked with Code Officer Justin Trefsger and he anticipates they will apply for a new permit in the near future.
The permit, Palamar said, only covers construction on the building’s ground floor, with the other floors slated for a future project by Jushi.
“If work is done on the first floor, I expect it will continue on the upper floors,” he said.
Palamar said that as long as the company makes an effort to revitalize the vacant building, city officials will work with them.
The state Department of Health issued a medical marijuana dispensary permit for the property to Agape Total