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A budding time: Hemisphere Cannabis Co. opens first Toronto location

Hemisphere Cannabis Co., under the arms of Aegis Brands, recently opened its first location at 1703 Avenue Rd. in Toronto.
Hemisphere Cannabis Co., under the arms of Aegis Brands, recently opened its first location at 1703 Avenue Rd. in Toronto.

Hemisphere Cannabis Co., the new chain of recreational cannabis dispensaries developed and operated by Aegis Brands, has opened its first location in midtown Toronto.

Hemisphere joins Second Cup and Bridgehead Coffee in the Aegis family of brands; the parent company was created as part of a corporate restructuring in late-2019.

The first location of Hemisphere Cannabis Co., in Toronto is located at 1703 Avenue Rd.

“It is no secret we have been exploring opportunities within the cannabis industry since early-2018, and we are thrilled to finally be celebrating the launch of Hemisphere Cannabis Co., in Canada,” said Steven Pelton, CEO of Aegis Brands. “With Hemisphere, we have created an environment entirely focused on matching customers with the right product for their desired experience, whether they are shopping for cannabis for the first time ever, for the first time in a long time, or they are experienced buyers.”

The first Hemisphere Cannabis Co., store sits in a location that formerly housed a Second Cup café. Six additional Hemisphere locations are scheduled to open in Ontario before the end of the year, and Pelton promises this is just the beginning.

“We created Aegis with the vision of building a portfolio of amazing brands that can grow and flourish by leveraging the expertise we have developed over 40 years in the Canadian retail and foodservice industry,” Pelton said. “Given our unparalleled access to top tier real estate assets across the country, and the incredible shared services that Hemisphere will be able to tap into as part of the Aegis network, we truly believe the potential for this brand is limitless.”

Additional Hemisphere Cannabis Co., locations are slated to open in the coming months in Toronto, Ajax, Ottawa, and Orleans.

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