Club Sockeye will finally open its Gold Beach marijuana retail location after facing months of delays getting its permit approved by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).
Back in October, owner Earl Crumrine told The Pilot they were just one permit away from opening, and hoped to open his business in the new location within a couple of weeks. The business met all of the standard and additional criteria set out for the city’s conditional-use standards for a cannabis business. The business also met all of the requirements for OLCC as soon as the conditional use permit was finalized by the city council in early November.
The OLCC requirements have to do with strict regulations for security and precise product tracking.
It turned out to be a major understatement when Crumrine said back in October, “Nothing’s easy about getting a license to do this business.” First, was the delay getting the required inspection from OLCC. The nearest inspector is in Coos Bay and has a busy schedule and covers a large territory.
Over the past several months, Crumrine has paid for the security monitoring and alarm systems, and made the mortgage payment on the building — all without any income to offset those expenses.
When Crumrine needed to make changes to the application, he also needed to cross the t’s and dot the i’s, and then initial all the changes, he said. “And every time they’d do that, it would cost me another $2,500. After $50,000 dollars of waiting, it’s finally a done deal.”
The store’s grand opening will be at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 at 29970 Ellensburg Ave., near the Port of Gold Beach. The new space is 3,000 square feet. Club Sockeye previously operated its business in 300 square feet on North Bank Rogue River Road in Wedderburn, but outgrew that location, according to Crumrine.
Crumrine says if people haven’t been to a cannabis shop before, his is classy and comfortable.
“My staff is really sharp,” he said. “They know everything about cannabis. They’ve been selling it for years, and they are really smart and talented with knowing everything about the different kinds of pot. It’s kind of like going to Grovers (electrical and plumbing store), and having someone say, ‘yeah, you fit this kind of pipe to this other kind of pipe.’ They know all this stuff about cannabis. They know it all.”
The store plans to be open seven days a week, with winter hours of 9 a.m.-6 p.m.