Haven set to open first week of December: To be Porterville’s first dispensary – Porterville Recorder

After a long process, Porterville is finally on the verge of having its first cannabis dispensary.

Haven, which will be located in the historic building which was the former home of Letsinger Reality, is close to opening at Morton and Main. Haven Chief Operating Officer Mark Simonian said Haven should open the first week of December.

The first sign, literally, of Haven opening happened on Monday morning when the Haven sign was placed at the site.

Simonian said all Haven is waiting for now is for confirmation from the city on when all the background checks have been completed for its 20-plus employees. Johnnie Hernandez, Haven’s Head of Retail, said the dispensary received more than 500 applications.

He added 100 percent of the employees live in Porterville. He also said all of the maintenance of the building will be done by Porterville companies.

The company also stated as many of the subcontractors used on the renovation of the building for the dispensary were local as well. Haven has spent about $1 million to develop the dispensary.

Simonian said the employees have already been working at the dispensary for several weeks. “I want to give our employees credit,” he said. “They are a phenomenal bunch

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