Your shopping mall’s latest tenant? A pot dispensary

Shopping center owners left with empty storefronts after the pandemic-induced retail exodus are finding unlikely customers to fill the gaping holes in their malls: pot dispensaries.

“It’s not 22-year-olds buying a blunt and sitting stoned on the curb,” said Bill Schrader, owner of the Alamo, Texas-based retail real estate company Austin Group. “When you go into dispensaries you’ll be shocked. The store is a cross between an Apple store and a Nordstrom.”

Now, where an empty Sprint store once stood at the Union Landing shopping center in Union City, California, frosted glass windows conceal a sophisticated marble-tiled airy shop,

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