By Justin Roshak, Contributing Writer
Customers shop inside Native Sun’s Hudson location during a “4/20 Fest” event held earlier this year. (Photo/Jesse Kucewicz)
HUDSON – Cannabis retail store Native Sun is petitioning to expand its hours after beginning operations in Hudson.
Native Sun Wellness opened a retail operation at 37 Coolidge Street late last year as one of its two Massachusetts locations. The store is about one mile east of I-495 and about two miles west of downtown Hudson. It operates from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
It is now requesting a two hour evening extension, which would allow it to remain open until 10 p.m.
“We usually have to turn away customers after eight o’clock,” said Retail Director Caitlyn Woodward-Samson. “We would love to be treated and considered as a standard retailer.”
Woodward-Samson said the additional hours would generate more revenue for Hudson.
“It sounds great,” said Hudson Economic Development Commission Chair Bill Sullivan at a recent meeting. “You have a big parking lot. It’s well lit. I’ve been in a couple times. I know the product. I don’t see any downsides.”
Sullivan agreed with Woodward-Samson’s point that an expansion of hours would increase local revenue and said, “I look forward to supporting it.”
Current local zoning stipulates an 8 p.m. closure time for retail cannabis establishments, according to Hudson Director of Planning and Community Development Kristina Johnson. As a result, for Native Sun to succeed in its petition, it will require a special exception to the rules of its overlay districts.
A statutory public hearing on the matter will be held this month, Johnson said.