If there are going to be cannabis retail stores, it’s a given that there will be cannabis retail franchises. Let’s call it a next step that Unity Rd., a national cannabis business, has inked an agreement for its first Michigan- (and Detroit)-based retail franchise. The mother and son team of Patricia Allen and Michael Henry are signed on for a Unity Rd. cannabis franchise whenever the legal situation shakes out and Detroit gets around to having recreational sales.
“It’s kind of like having your own Wendy’s or a McDonald’s, but less burdensome because we’re not required to use all their services,” says Henry, who owns the corporate strategy company Cavanaugh Advisors with his mother.
Apparently, their advice to themselves was to get into this new marijuana thing.
“We want to marshal all of our skills together and hopefully create some generational wealth for our family,” says Allen. “We want to be players in this industry in the city because we care about the city.”
Getting into marijuana sales can be complicated with city and state licenses required, legal advice and costs, real estate issues, staffing, inventory, and more involved. That’s where Unity Rd. can be helpful. Services touted on Unity Rd.’s website include compliance strategy, employee excellence, finance blueprint, marketing support, proven processes, and purchasing power. A lot of the things that owners previously had to seek out and figure out on their own have been corralled with the experience of having done business in several states.
Allen and Henry found out about Unity Rd. while in sessions with the Detroit Cannabis Project. According to Henry, franchisees are