Completes the Acquisition of Two Dispensaries in Chicago and Chicago Ridge, Illinois at Archer Ave and Ridgeland Ave; Begins Planting of Greenhouse in Barry, Illinois
Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc. (“AWH” or the “Company”) (CSE: AAWH.U) (OTCQX: AAWH), a multi-state, vertically integrated cannabis operator focused on bettering lives through cannabis, announced the closing of the Company’s definitive agreement to acquire Chicago Alternative Health Center, LLC and Chicago Alternative Health Center Holdings, LLC, (together “Midway”). The acquisition includes two operating adult-use and medical cannabis dispensaries located at 5650 S. Archer Avenue in Chicago and 9820 S. Ridgeland Avenue in Chicago Ridge. The dispensaries were originally branded as “Midway” and have been rebranded to “Ascend by Midway.”
The Archer and Ridgeland Ave. dispensaries represent the Company’s seventh and eighth retail locations in Illinois. The Archer Ave. store is ideally located in the southwest Chicago area and is the closest dispensary to Midway Airport. The Ridgeland Ave. store is within walking distance from Chicago Ridge Mall and is easily accessed right off the 294 expressway. Both locations have large parking lots to accommodate high volumes of traffic and each store boasts over 6,000 square feet of retail space, offering a full range of high-quality medical and recreational products including flower, pre-rolls, edibles, vaporizers and more.
This week, the Company also began planting its newly expanded cultivation facility in the state. Previously, the Company had 58,000 sq. ft. of indoor canopy at its Barry, Illinois cultivation facility. The Company recently added a greenhouse with 55,000 sq. ft. of canopy at the same location and has since planted four strains and 3,600 plants in the new space.
“We’re thrilled to expand our dispensary and cultivation capacity in Illinois by planting our greenhouse and closing on this transaction with Midway, one of the first operators in the state with a strong reputation among consumers and strategically-located dispensaries,” said Abner Kurtin, CEO of AWH. “We will continue operating these assets and furthering our mission by offering Illinois consumers improved access to premium cannabis and a streamlined and elevated retail experience. As the most populous city in the state of Illinois and the third most-populous city in the U.S., following New York City and Los Angeles, Chicago is a very important market for us and we are happy to solidify our presence in the region.”
Since state legalization in January 2020, Illinois’ legal cannabis market has reached over $1 billion in revenue with in-state residents accounting for $777 million of total sales. The Ascend by Midway Dispensaries will expand access to quality cannabis products to thousands of individuals in the Chicago area.
Ascend has been consulting on the operations of these locations and consolidating the financials since the transaction agreement was signed in December 2020.