Amesbury pot shop expects to open Tuesday

BRYAN EATON/Staff Photo. Alternative Therapies Group has gotten the green light to open its Macy Street, Amesbury, location, once the location of the Chinese Restaurant Tike Lau.

AMESBURY — The president of Alternative Therapies Group said he expects to open the doors to its Route 110 recreational marijuana store Tuesday.

Dan Talbot, the head of ATG, confirmed Thursday the state Cannabis Control Commission gave its approval earlier this week for his company to open its retail marijuana store at 49 Macy St.

"This is a very exciting news," he said, adding that the store is expected to open Tuesday, Feb. 18.

“The place looks great, we just had the final coat of paint put on," Talbot said. "We are ready to open doors."

With the anticipated opening of its Macy Street location, ATG will have retail marijuana shops open in Amesbury, Salisbury and Salem.

"We are the first operator in the state to have three adult-use stores open," Talbot said. "That is a first. We were also the first to open medical sales in the state. We are really proud of the staff that we have."

ATG opened its Salisbury retail store at 107 Elm St. last September. The company paid the town $86,045 in a 3% excise tax generated during its first three months of operation.

Customers in Salisbury have been parking in a satellite lot. According to Talbot, customers in Amesbury will be able to park on-site.

"There is a big parking lot, so we have plenty of spots," he said. "We don't anticipate any issues with parking."

He also said his company has been working with the Amesbury Police Department and Mayor Kassandra Gove’s office to make sure the opening goes smoothly.

Police Chief William Scholtz said his department has worked well with ATG.

"We have been working very closely on their security and traffic plans and they have met all the criteria we have asked of them," Scholtz said. "They will open with a police presence on site there and so far they have been very professional, upfront and transparent. I could only hope that any other business coming into town would be as user-friendly as they have been. They have been great to work with."

Talbot said his company's Amesbury employees have been training for their opening in Salisbury and Salem.

"They will be trained and ready to help customers," he said. "We have a fantastic staff that are ready to hit the ground running, once the doors open. Everybody is very excited to open. A lot of hard work has gone into this. The folks that come in you should expect the same quality products that are safe and clean and the same or similar friendly faces to guide their purchases as they can in Salisbury and Salem."

Talbot said ATG’s Amesbury location will only be open for adult-use recreational marijuana sales next week with medicinal sales to eventually follow.

"We are in the process of finalizing our medical license," Talbot said. "So we won't be offering medical yet. But we do plan to serve medical patients as soon as that process is completed as well."

Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at jsullivan@newburyportnews.com or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

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