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Guelph customers left high and dry as pot store application moves to Cambridge

The person who was approved to open a pot store in Guelph has decided he'd rather open it in Cambridge
A proposed cannabis retail store at this plaza on Victoria Rd. S. will not open. Kenneth Armstrong/GuelphToday

For the third time in just over a year, a proposed cannabis retail store planned for Guelph will not be opening as planned.

The most recent application, planned for 208 Victoria Rd. S., has been updated on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s web site to reflect an address change to Cambridge.

If it opens, the proposed store at 75 Pinebush Rd. in Cambridge will be the first in that city.

A previous application planned for 120 Wyndham St. N. was cancelled by the AGCO in August, along with 12 other applicants from the retail cannabis license lottery.

The waitlisted application for 208 Victoria Rd. S. was then bumped to the selected retailers list for the West Region, which includes Guelph.

The proponent of that application, Ralph Llacar, changed his mind about the location of the proposed store when he moved from the wait list to the selected list, said Raymond Kahnert, spokesperson for the AGCO.

Applicants for retail cannabis stores are allowed by AGCO to change the address on the application When they move from the wait list, said Kahnert by phone on Friday.

John Reynolds, who was selected earlier this month to apply for a license to open a proposed store on Wyndham Street near Quebec Street has been disqualified under Rule 14a — not submitting documents.

The proposed province-owned store in Guelph planned for 314 Stone R. W. was cancelled by the Ontario PC government when it switched to a privately-owned model for the cannabis retail model.

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