Cannabis Facility Construction (CFC), a national, full-service, cannabis design-build construction firm, is pleased to partner with Ascend Wellness Holdings, LLC (AWH) on two new dispensary construction projects for the Ascend brand. CFC is excited to expand its footprint into New Jersey with the completion of construction on a medical dispensary in Montclair, NJ; and to announce the start of construction on a new recreational dispensary located in Fairview Heights, IL, near St. Louis, MO.
“We’re thrilled to be working with AWH as their design-build partner on a number of projects,” said Andy Poticha, Principal at Cannabis Facility Construction. “We’re pleased to provide innovative design-build solutions and cannabis industry expertise to a new region and look forward to a productive relationship constructing cannabis facilities together.”
The new recreational dispensary at 114 Commerce Lane in Fairview Heights, IL will be located right off the highway with access to the Metro-east Illinois area and is another flagship store for the brand. The 11,000 square foot dispensary represents an expansion for AWH in the St. Louis area and will continue the high-quality style, interior design, and customer experience that Ascend is known for throughout its retail locations. The interior and exterior transformation of an existing building will feature plenty of parking, vaulted ceilings, multimedia display screens, illuminated glass product display cases, custom milled wood walls, and flexible mixed-use counter space for easy customer and employee flow.
The medical dispensary, located at 395 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, NJ is a key strategic location for the Ascend brand. The 1,400 square foot remodel was performed during evenings and weekends, allowing the dispensary to remain open without business interruption. The renovation tripled the number of point-of-service stations and opened up the floor to increase sales capacity, enhancing the customer experience and streamlining the shopping process. The interior renovation took only eight days to complete and was followed by an update to the exterior façade.
“Working with Cannabis Facility Construction’s proven team makes them a trusted design-build partner for us with the experience, track record, and ability to manage within this dynamic industry,” said KC Downer, Director of Construction at AWH. “Their industry experience helped us overcome local municipal challenges and pushed all trade partners to achieve overall project success.”