The spot where hungry Short Pump shoppers hunted for Colonel Sanders’ secret blend of herbs and spices is about to be handing out an herb of a different kind.
Green Leaf Medical, the Maryland-based company that built and operated the first and only medical cannabis manufacturing facility in the Richmond area on the city’s southside, signed a lease for its first satellite retail pharmacy in the city earlier this week Region completed.
The company takes over 11190 W. Broad St., a separate building in the Shoppes of Best Buy, which most recently housed a combined KFC and Long John Silver’s.
Green Leaf hopes to open the pharmacy with two drive-thrus in about four months. The pharmacy will also have a walk-in service and on-site pharmacists making deliveries.
Phil Goldberg, CEO of Green Leaf, anticipates the company will spend $ 500,000 to $ 600,000 to build the pharmacy.
“We’re aiming for a similar experience (like the Southside facility) in a new location, but the drive through is huge,” said Goldberg.
Patients can order online in advance and then pick up their purchases from the pharmacy and shop on site. Patients must confirm that they have the necessary IDs to purchase medical marijuana products.
The almost 4,000 square meter area will also include private consultation rooms and 20 to 25 employees. KBS hands over the renovation work.
Goldberg said the property is zoned according to the company’s plans but intends to implement the Virginia Board of Pharmacy’s drive-thru idea to ensure the concept is successful. Confident it would be approved, he compared it to pharmacy drive-thrus.
“We’re not doing a drive-thru just yet, so we feel we need a permit before we move on,” said Goldberg. “A lot of rules and regulations are based on how you handle prescription drugs at the pharmacy level.”
The company plans a total of five satellite pharmacies in the region. Goldberg said the company is hunting in Scott’s Addition, Petersburg, Ashland and Carytown and has a particular interest in drive-thru properties.
Green Leaf (stylized “gLeaf”) makes cannabinoid oil-based products that are sold to registered and prescribed patients as medical treatments. The company operates an 82,000 square meter facility and pharmacy at 2804 Decatur St., which opened in November.
Green Leaf is currently being acquired by New York-based Columbia Care as part of a $ 240 million deal announced in December.
The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval, which is still in progress, Goldberg said on Thursday. Columbia Care would take over Green Leaf’s operations in Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania if the deal is approved.
Green Leaf holds the state-approved license for Health Service Area 4, including the Richmond area. Columbia Care holds the license for Health Service Area 5 in southeast Virginia. Columbia Care operates a CBD manufacturing facility and pharmacy in Portsmouth.