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High cannabis sales during the pandemic enable the Calgary business to expand – Calgary

Cannabis sales in Alberta have increased, allowing for business expansion in Calgary.

Ryan Roch opened Lake City Cannabis in Chestermere in June 2019 and sales were good, but in April 2020 the business exploded from good to great.

“We went from the average sales we were used to to almost double sales from day to day, which was extremely unusual. We just weren’t prepared for it. We had bottlenecks very quickly, ”said Roch.

Roch said a combination of things happened when the pandemic started. More and more people were staying in Chestermere rather than going to Calgary to work, and new customers were looking for ways to relieve stress.

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Judy Partridge-Stanford started taking CBD oil capsules last year to treat stress and insomnia.

“At my age, I was always fed up with trying cannabis. I never thought I’d take it, but I’m definitely glad I got it, ”said Partridge-Stanford, who was at the opening of Roch’s second location in southwest Calgary on Saturday.

“It just helps me sleep and forget about things that are going on in my life right now. I wake up in the morning and I’m clear-headed and I’m fine. “

According to data from Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis, sales of cannabis from April to December 2020 were higher than total sales for fiscal year 2019-20.

However, part of this dramatic jump is due to the fact that AGLC launched edible products in the fall of 2019, so sales in 2019-20 only reflect a sub-year of edible products in the statistics, while in 2020-21 an additional whole Year all products will reflect according to the AGLC spokeswoman Heather Holmen for market growth.

Virginia Kersch is not surprised by these numbers. She recently started taking capsules to improve her sleep.

“There was definitely stress about the pandemic. Just staying in your house the whole time and not seeing family and friends, but taking the CBD has really made a difference in my life, “said Kersch.

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“It really helps with stress. I like to sleep well at night and when I take it it just relaxes me and I wake up and I feel great. I prefer them to sleeping pills – not that I took them before – but the CBD is more natural. My husband takes it too and it really helped him sleep. So, with this pandemic, we’re not at each other’s necks, ”she said with a laugh.

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Last year’s sales success enabled Roch to open a second location in Calgary this weekend. Sales are still above pre-pandemic levels, but he’s noted that things have flattened a bit this year.

“We noticed some budget changes. We found that people are a bit tighter in terms of their spending and spending, ”said Roch.

Roch feels lucky to be able to expand but said it was bittersweet to see his business flourish while others around him suffer.

“Our Chestermere location is right next to the beautiful Dockside Bar and Grill. We saw them shut down three times, ”said Roch.

“We saw how much money the owners and employees paid for it. It’s not easy, so we feel very blessed that we benefited from it, and we feel very blessed that we were able to hire people during this time when people are struggling. “

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