Hobo takes the lead in Vancouver cannabis retail with 4th store in the city

Feb 18 2020, 11:59 am

According to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB), BC is currently home to a whopping total of 153 licensed and legal cannabis retail outlets, with 22 in the city of Vancouver alone.

Among the multitude of retailers competing for space is Hobo Cannabis, who announced on Tuesday that they are opening another store in downtown Vancouver. Housed at 1173 Robson Street, the spot will be the city’s fourth location for the brand and the fifth in the province.

There’s still plenty of competition around, but this opening hands the Donnelly Group-owned chain the crown for most stores open in the province.

“We’re proud to be further investing in the growth of the cannabis industry and the local community at home on the West Coast,” said Harrison Stoker, VP Brand at Donnelly Group. “As the new year kicks off, we’re so thankful for all that we’ve achieved this past year as we’ve grown Hobo here, in Vancouver, and look forward to bringing Hobo Cannabis Company to more communities across Canada throughout 2020.”

According to a release, the new brick-and-mortar location features a “curated lobby entrance” and displays to showcase the newest cannabis products like edibles and topicals, as well as gadgetry like vaporizers.

The Robson store will also include a terpene bar — a first for the company. Terpenes are the oils that are best known for changing the smell and taste of the cannabis flower, but they are by no means unique to the plant. Smells associated with citrus to pine all come from the terpenes within plants.

The bar will present cannabis’ common terpenes as everyday smells, distilled into essential oil blends by the Barber & Co laboratory in downtown Vancouver. Take a whiff of Myrcene (Herbal), Limonene (Citrus), Caryophyllene (Spice), Terpinolene (Herbaceous), Pinene (Pine), Linalool (Floral), and learn about what makes strains taste and smell different.

Hobo Cannabis Company’s five BC locations now include Robson (1173 Robson Street, Vancouver), Kitsilano (1952 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver), Airport (8425 Granville Street, Vancouver), Main (4296 Main Street, Vancouver), and Kelowna (2121 Springfield Road, Kelowna).

Grow has reached out to Hobo for photos of the new location but did not hear back by time of publication. 

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