MERIDEN — Willow Brook Wellness at 1371 E. Main St. is planning to move its medical cannabis dispensary to 1387-1391 East Main and open a recreational dispensary in the same building.
Willow Brook, which is in the Sundad Plaza, received a provisional special permit last fall to sell recreational marijuana in the plaza. Last week, the Planning Commission agreed to grant a new provisional permit for the building next door. The provisional permit is contingent upon getting state licensure to operate a hybrid cannabis business.
“They’re looking to occupy that whole building,” said Planning Commission Secretary Elain Cariati. “They would rather have it under one roof: cameras, security.”
The 3,228-square-foot building is the former home of Civali Hardware, which was sold in 2019 a year after Willow Brook opened in Sundad Plaza. A glass shop and CBD store occupy the front showroom and a smaller retail space. Those businesses are planning to move, Cariati said.
If granted state licensure, Willow Brook will open the recreational dispensary in the larger showroom and the medical dispensary in the adjoining space. There are also plans for a 621-square-foot vault.
Securing a hybrid license is less cumbersome to operators with a medical license, allowing them to bypass the lottery system other applicants must enter.
Willow Brook Wellness had been owned by Tomarin Holdings until it sold