Red Deer County’s municipal planning commission approved a canabis retailer at this site in Gasoline Alley on Tuesday. It is the third cannabis retail application approved for the area. Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff

Third cannabis retailer proposed for Gasoline Alley

Red Deer County conditionally approves third cannabis retail location on Leva Avenue

A third prospective cannabis retailer has eyes on Red Deer County’s Gasoline Alley.

The county’s municipal planning commission conditionally approved an application on Tuesday for a cannabis retail store in what is now Sunset Grill restaurant at the south end of Leva Avenue.

County business development officer Tara March told council that the applicant had confirmed they have satisfied Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) eligibility requirements to sell cannabis.

The application was referred to adjacent landowners for comment. No comments or concerns were raised.

Ten people would be employed at the store, which would operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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County approval conditions prohibit the consumption of cannabis on site. The business must also ensure patrons are prevented from “producing nuisances including, but not limited to, odour, noise and light, that may have a negative impact to adjacent sites or the surrounding area.”

Last September, the county approved two development permit applications for cannabis retail sales, both at nearby sites on Leva Avenue.

One outlet would be part of a development that includes a gas station and restaurant, which are currently under construction. It is located on the west side of Leva Avenue not far from the new north entrance into Gasoline Alley off Hwy 2. The applicants propose to operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and employ four.

The second would be located further south into a multi-unit complex that includes Staples, Liquor Hutch and Synik Clothing. Opening hours would be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the business would employ six, says the application.

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