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Former HMV on Yonge turning into cannabis store

The former HMV store on Yonge Street in Toronto. where Toyko Smoke plans to open a cannabis store. Photo: Shauna Hunt/CityNews

A legal cannabis store is opening at the former HMV flagship store near Yonge and Dundas streets.

The 4,000-square-foot space will have a big name behind it — Tokyo Smoke. The company was founded in 2015 as an educational cannabis brand and cafe and currently has a number of legal cannabis storefronts operating in Winnipeg.

In a twist, the company was not one of the five lottery winners of legal cannabis licences in Toronto. Instead they teamed up with a winner.

In a statement Tokyo Smoke said, “We came to an agreement with one of the Ontario lottery winners to utilize our brand for their Toronto store. The lottery winner will have full ownership and control over the Toronto store.”

The store is scheduled to open April 1.