Heard on the Street Nov/Dec 2021

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Heard on the Street Nov/Dec 2021

A little over three years ago, cannabis was legalized in Canada and licenced stores selling its by-products started sprouting up across the country, operated by those lucky enough to win a licence through a government-regulated lottery system. In April 2020, Ontario’s government put an end to the cap on licences in the province and eliminated the lottery allowing free enterprise to operate in the marketplace. As a sign of how far cannabis acceptance has come, it went from being illegal in September 2018 to being deemed an essential service during the first round of COVID-19 restrictions in March 2020. By the middle of October 2021, there were as many as 60 cannabis stores operating or preparing to open across Essex County, according to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which regulates cannabis store operations across the province. Windsor, not surprisingly, leads the way with 41. There are four open or preparing to open in Lakeshore, three in each of Tecumseh and Leamington, two in Essex, Amherstburg and Kingsville, and one in each of Harrow and Lakeshore (Belle River). So far, only Pelee Island has no cannabis shops operating within its boundaries.

Not only did we just write in our summer issue about Access Storage acquiring Guardian Storage’s two locations, giving them a total of 10 locations in the area, now there are even more changes in the self-storage business taking place. Operating since 1988, J’s Loc-It, 1847 Manning Road in Tecumseh, was sold in early November to Access Storage as well! And Make Space has purchased a 650-unit self-storage location at 694 Cameron Avenue from Price Self Storage, which has retained ownership of two locations in London. Make Space Facility Manager Samantha Imbert says that once onsite changes have been completed, the company will introduce portable storage units. These are designed to be delivered to a client’s property and filled with the client’s belongings while a home is being renovated. Once renovations are complete and the unit is empty again, it will be taken back to the Make Space property. Rental fees would be determined by how long the client uses the storage unit. Imbert adds that the Cameron location has only a handful of units available for rental. Sizes range from five feet by five feet all the way up to 10 feet by 30 feet.

After five years operating in the heart of Ottawa Street, the Windsor Tea Emporium is on the move to 3244 Walker Road inside the Windsor Cake Emporium location, its sister company. Owner Mary Christine Smith acknowledges she “truly loves Ottawa Street and the feeling of community it has to offer,” but COVID-19 protocols have forced many businesses to re-strategize in order to remain profitable. “We are transitioning to a new trend of catering and takeout with no inside dining,” says Smith. “Our dining room on Ottawa Street wasn’t being utilized and it was wasted space that we were paying for.” The menu remains the same as before and free delivery on orders over $25 is now available. The re-opening was set for mid-November with details posted on: WindsorTeaEmporium.com and their social media pages. In mid-October, the tea company’s previous space, 1295 Ottawa Street, was listed for lease by Chris Djelebian, a member of The Verge Team at Keller Williams Lifestyles Windsor. And it didn’t take long for a new tenant to be found! “I was very pleased with the amount of activity and interest in the rental location,” says Djelebian. “I’m not at liberty to say who the new tenant is at this point (early November), however, I can say they will be a great addition to the community.”

A proposed sale of The Dugout Sports Lounge, at 300 Ouellette Avenue, has been put on hold, amid the current environment in the hospitality industry. The prospective buyer, who chooses to remain anonymous, says “it’s really difficult to say what will happen at this point, but for now, it’s a no go.” Originally, as published in this column in the October edition, Dugout owner Nick Puim was anticipating moving to Antigua and opening a bar, but that has been placed on hold as well. The Dugout, which opened in May 2010, has been a fixture of the downtown hospitality industry for a number of years. Puim was unavailable for comment before press time.

A building at 1969 Wyandotte Street East in Windsor, which housed the Walker D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre, has been sold to an unnamed buyer after less than three months on the market. It opened in 1958 when Walter Douglas Kelly bought the property, and when he died in 1962, his wife Miriam took over along with Jack Garswood. It passed into daughter Barbara Ann’s hands in 1978 before being sold to Dignity Memorial in 1997. Dignity closed the centre in August 2021 after deciding to consolidate operations at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Centre, which it also owns, at 895 Ouellette Avenue. Representatives of Anderson/Dignity couldn’t be reached by press time.

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