ANDERSONVILLE — As it seeks to set up a second location in the West Loop, Dispensary33 is also plotting a major expansion of its Andersonville pot shop — and possibly taking over the home of a popular hot dog restaurant.
Dispensary33 at 5001 N. Clark St. was one of only a handful of dispensaries set up in time for legal cannabis sales to begin in Chicago on Jan. 1. After two months of brisk sales, the dispensary is considering expanding in its current location, said Abigail Watkins, director of marketing for Dispensary33.
“We’d love the space,” Watkins said. “It’s not for sure, but it’s something we’re highly considering.”
Dispensary33 is in a building at Clark Street and Argyle Avenue that includes three storefronts owned by the same landlord. Leases are up at the two neighboring businesses, Hot G Dog’s and Jenny’s Nail Salon, sources said.
Dispensary33 at 5001 N. Clark St. in Andersonville. Joe Ward/Block Club Chicago
Depending on what happens with the neighboring businesses, Dispensary33 could take over one or both storefronts. Doing so could double the dispensary’s current retail space, Watkins said.
The popularity of legal cannabis has business booming for the few dispensaries that opened Jan. 1. On the first day of recreational sales in Illinois, Dispensary33 had a line outside its doors that stretched five blocks.
Dispensary33 is not the only dispensary already talking about expansion. After just two months of legal cannabis, Midway Dispensary announced plans to expand its Archer Avenue shop near Midway Airport.
At its Andersonville shop, space inside the 2,500-square-foot business is at a premium, Watkins said. A break room had to be converted for business uses, and increased staffing has added to congestion.
“Space is so precious right now,” Watkins said. “We’d be able to serve a lot more people.”