NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Columbia Care Inc. (NEO: CCHW) (OTCQX: CCHWF) (FSE: 3LP) (“Columbia Care” or the “Company”), one of the largest fully integrated operators in the global cannabis industry with licenses across the US and EU, today provided an update on its Illinois operations, including initial results from adult use cannabis sales at its Chicago dispensary as well as its status as a minority partner in both The Green Room Social Equity Partners LLC and Malcolm Partners LLC.
Columbia Care was one of the first movers in Illinois’ historic first day of adult use cannabis sales on January 1, 2020 with hundreds of customers queuing up outside its Chicago dispensary hours before opening in order to participate in this momentous occasion. During the first four days of adult use sales, the Company’s Chicago dispensary experienced an average daily increase of more than 260% in transactions and more than 100% in revenue compared to its December 2019 daily averages. The average historic sequential month over month increase in revenue was approximately 10% for the prior several periods. Adult use sales exceeded medical sales by a ratio of seven to one with an average basket size of approximately $81 per purchase as compared to $110 in the medical program.
“We are off to a great start in Illinois with initial results exceeding our expectations based on our experience in other markets that have converted from medical only to adult use. We believe the long-term impact on revenue to be three to four times prior medical-only levels. With the opening of our second Chicago location later this year leveraging our recently upgraded cultivation, manufacturing and packaging facility in Aurora, we are well positioned to meet increased demand for quality cannabis products, including flower, through both the wholesale and direct to consumer retail channels,” said Nicholas Vita, chief executive officer of Columbia Care. “As more of our markets prepare to convert to adult use, Columbia Care has rapidly added operational scale in order to create sustainable margin and market share advantages necessary for accelerating our pathway to profitability. Along with our other 15 markets in the US, Illinois is going to be a terrific performer and we look forward to expanding the availability of our innovative products and services to a wider audience as we support them on their wellness journey.”
Columbia Care has also joined The Green Room Social Equity Partners LLC and Malcolm Partners LLC as a minority partner. Both groups qualify as social equity applicants in the Illinois new licensing process, being owned by partners with strong ties to their communities as well as the cannabis industry, with an intention of growing their own cannabis businesses. Together with Columbia Care, each partner has submitted 10 applications for single adult use dispensary permits across Illinois. All applications include thoughtful diversity and community engagement plans, including proposed partnerships with civil rights organizations, as well as a community advisory board with key local community members and corporate pledges for donations to local non-profit organizations focused on promoting social justice.
Mr. Vita added, “We are proud to partner with The Green Room and Malcolm Partners, who share our commitment to re-investing in those who have been most impacted by prior cannabis policies. Through the combination of their respective visions to build successful cannabis businesses while giving back to their communities and Columbia Care’s global industry expertise, we look forward to further disrupting the Illinois market together with these outstanding groups.”
For more information about Columbia Care’s Chicago dispensary, including a menu of available products and hours of operation, please visit https://col-care.com/location/chicago/.
About Columbia Care Inc.
Columbia Care Inc. is one of the largest fully integrated operators in the global medical cannabis industry with licenses in 16 jurisdictions in the US and the EU. With over 1.4 million in sales transactions since its inception, Columbia Care is a patient-centered organization setting the standard for compassion, professionalism, quality, caring and innovation in cannabis, working in collaboration with some of the most renowned and innovative teaching hospitals and medical centers in the world. The Company is committed to providing the type of education and transparency patients deserve and quality of product that clinicians expect. For more information on Columbia Care, please visit www.col-care.com.
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