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Growing cannabis retailer opens store in Tampa area

Sunnyside's new store, the company's seventh on the Gulf Coast, is in a former bank building in Lutz.

  • By Louis Llovio
  • | 4:30 p.m. January 25, 2023
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Illinois-based Cresco Labs Inc.'s Sunnyside has opened a new store in Lutz.
Illinois-based Cresco Labs Inc.'s Sunnyside has opened a new store in Lutz.
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There’s a new pot dealer in Lutz.

Sunnyside, a chain of medical cannabis dispensaries, has opened a new retail store in a former bank building at 21708 State Road 54.

This is the fourth store the chain has opened in the Tampa market. It has 22 across the state — including stores in Cape Coral, Sarasota and Bonita Springs — and 56 across the country.

The stores are part of Illinois-based Cresco Labs Inc., a “vertically integrated multistate cannabis” operator.

The Lutz store will carry branded products including liquid live resin vapes and live resin concentrates as well as premium, hand-trimmed flower and live rosin solvent less concentrates; flower, concentrates and vapes; tinctures, oil syringes and topicals from Remedi; and Sunnyside Chews and Mints edibles.

Rolling papers, lighters and books will also be available.

The sale of cannabis, once the purview of Camaro-driving high school kids in jean jackets, is now big business in Florida. According to a January report from New Cannabis Ventures, which tracks the industry, while sales fell 2.7% in October, they are up 37.4% to $196.1 million from a year ago.

The store will serve patients who have a state-issued medical card.



Louis Llovio

Louis Llovio is the commercial real estate editor at the Business Observer. Before going to work at the Observer, the longtime business writer worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Maryland Daily Record and for the Baltimore Sun Media Group. He lives in Tampa.

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