It’s only been a few months since cannabis retailer The Herbery opened the doors of its Hazel Dell store, but the local chain is already debuting its next shop, this time in east Vancouver in the Orchards area. The new Herbery opened Wednesday at 12001 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., in the building formerly occupied by hardware and electronics store Duck’s. The newest opening brings the chain to a total of four stores.
Unlike the Hazel Dell shop, which was the brand’s first foray into unincorporated Clark County, co-owner Jim Mullen said he doesn’t view the Fourth Plain shop as an expansion. It’s intended as a direct replacement for The Herbery’s original store on Northeast 164th Avenue, which closed last year.
“Hazel Dell — our store on 78th (Street) — we had always considered that to be our fourth store,” Mullen said.
That was the original plan, but The Herbery owners got word partway through 2019 that the landlord at 164th Avenue would not renew the shop’s lease due to banking issues stemming from the fact that marijuana sales are still illegal at the federal level.
The search for a replacement location was already well underway when the store closed in November, Mullen said, and The Herbery owners opted to keep pushing forward on the Hazel Dell store at the same time.