Oregrown Industries, the craft cannabis company that broke statewide sales records one year ago when Oregon launched recreational marijuana sales to adults, has received approval from the City of Bend to break ground next month on a project to nearly triple the size of their flagship dispensary in downtown Bend.
“This is a huge vote of confidence by the city,” says Oregrown cofounder Aviv Hadar. “They understand that we are in this for the long haul. By adding even greater visibility and access to our store, this expansion will cement Oregrown as an anchor merchant in the middle of downtown Bend.”
Hadar says the expansion, which will increase the dispensary from 650 square feet to around 1,600 square feet, will allow Oregrown to double the company’s number of employees.
“Oregrown will make as many as 20 new hires, and we will be able to offer an even more robust compensation and benefits package to all of our employees,” Hadar says. “We believe sustainable employment practices are just as important as sustainable environmental practices, so this expansion is a win for Oregrown and for our community.”
More employees and more space will also significantly decrease wait times in the Oregrown lobby, which can be as long as an hour during peak times.
“We know how frustrating it can be to have to wait to get in our door, so along with more space and more employees, we will be adding four more registers,” Hadar says. “We expect wait times to fall dramatically. Meanwhile, we are grateful for the patience and support from our loyal customers.”
Those customers can also look forward to an expanded offering of more than 100 top shelf strains, a doubled extract selection, and a full range of pre-rolls, along with a new section of the store devoted to Oregrown’s extremely popular clothing and branded goods line.
Oregrown is growing right along with downtown Bend.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of the revitalization of downtown,” Hadar says. “We love this city and the people here.”
Oregrown will remain open throughout construction, which is expected to be completed in January.