Ajoya wants to bring drive-thru marijuana sales to Lakewood, but it’s content with launching a brand-new store in the meantime.
The longtime medical marijuana dispensary closed up shop at 11950 West Colfax Avenue this spring, then reopened a few weeks later less than a mile up the road. Ajoya’s new location debuted at 10590 West Colfax Avenue on May 13, and now offers both medical and recreational sales.
For the expanded customer pool, CEO Joey Gindi thought that a bigger store was necessary. “We’ve wanted to have recreational sales since we opened a store in Lakewood,” he says. “Once we got it, there just wasn’t enough space, room or parking at the last store.”
Ajoya first opened in Lakewood in 2010, but the city didn’t allow recreational pot sales until last year, after voters approved a citywide initiative. The new Lakewood dispensary will continue operating as a medical marijuana dispensary as well, Gindi notes, with two separate rooms for one-on-one budtender consultations.
The 3,500-square-foot store also has an express counter and a to-go window for pre-orders, which will give Ajoya the unique distinction of having the first drive-thru dispensary in the metro area — once it’s approved by the City of Lakewood.