Hashish firm requests Ladner enterprise group’s perspective on proposed retailer

Imagine that Cannabis Co. spoke to the LBA about their application for a shop in the Ladner Center shopping center

Harp Hoonjan, founder of Imagine Cannabis Co., says he will bring more than just a cannabis store to the Ladner community if their application to the City of Delta is successful.

Investing in community programs and initiatives, increasing the volume of traffic to the planned location of the Ladner Center shopping center, and introducing increased security measures in the vicinity of the planned business are some of the impacts Hoonjan made on members of the Ladner Business Association (LBA) during their virtual meeting on January 4 highlighted.

“We want the Ladner Business Association to gauge how they have a cannabis store in the community … We are ready to make any adjustments,” said Hoonjan.

Their proposed store location at the Ladner Center shopping mall is next to Dairy Queen, but Hoonjan said they are open to a possible move to another empty store inside the mall as more stores have closed since that process began.

However, staying at the mall rather than in a residential area near schools and parks is the best location among the others they have considered, he said.

In response to a question from an LBA member, he said the store would open to customers this summer if Imagine Cannabis Co.’s application were successful and went through Delta Council readings and public hearings.

The shop itself would be attractive and bright, he said.

And as far as customers are concerned, Hoonjan assured an LBA member that not only the stereotypical “stoners” shop in such shops, but a large number of people of all kinds.

Some LBA members emphasized during the meeting that they know a significant number of people who also use cannabis for medicinal purposes.

“I think everyone in this group is a businessman, and when you look at your business, our customers are a cross-section of that,” he said.

And he stressed that cannabis dealers are also business people, conversely.

“I think, it, [the cannabis industry], is something that will come. If the community accepts it today, or four to five years from now, it will be there, ”said Hoonjan.