Pennsylvania pushes on
In June, Florida-based Jushi Holdings said its stores in the Philadelphia area were damaged to the tune of six-figure losses.
“It was a substantial hit, and there was significant damage,” said the company’s vice president of retail, Blythe Huestis.
The store in Northern Liberty reopened July 13 and the Center City store Aug. 1.
Huestis said the reopening process involved the owners reinforcing security, in particular its doors.
“It’s really difficult to have a store closed temporarily,” she said.
But working with insurance companies to regain financial losses has been a “nonissue” and ultimately a positive experience.
Jushi offered 20% off purchases from certain vendors to welcome back customers when the stores reopened.
Huestis pointed to the strong growth of Pennsylvania’s market and seemed positive this was just a hiccup. The stores are well-fortified to withstand another rash of looting.
“We learned a lot of lessons from these pandemic and looting protocols,” she added.