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Apotheca Dispensary Opens Fifth Charlotte Location in Five Years

Cornelius-based business operates in North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee

Inside one of Apotheca Dispensary's dozens of locations.
Inside one of Apotheca Dispensary’s dozens of locations. (Photo courtesy of Apotheca Dispensary)

Cornelius-based Apotheca Dispensary will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday outside of its new South End location, the business’s fifth location in Charlotte and 37th spread across three states, showing rapid growth since the business first launched in 2019.

The location at 3039 South Blvd. has already opened for business, but Apotheca owner and CEO Lee VanTine II wanted to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Charlotte as he considers it the business’s “hometown.”

“We’ve been busy,” VanTine stated in a release leading up to the celebration. “This is the 37th store in three states, with more than a dozen in this area alone. That’s because we’re Charlotte area-based, out of Cornelius, so it’s our first hometown ribbon cutting and it’s special.” 

Scheduled for noon on Thursday, the ribbon-cutting will be followed by a 60-minute sale to mark the occasion, with all THCa flower and THCa disposables cut to 50% off, among other deals. 

According to the Apotheca website, this will be the business’s 27th location in North Carolina, with five more opening soon. The first location was opened in the northern Mecklenburg town of Cornelius in 2019 with a goal to provide “a sustainable and reliable source of tested and trusted cannabis products in a comfortable setting,” according to the release. 

The business now operates as a chain, with district managers overseeing the management of shops where they’re clustered in cities like Asheville or Atlanta.

The new location is located down the road from where a similar boutique-style dispensary, The Hemp Source, recently closed its doors.

VanTine credits Apotheca’s rapid expansion with the atmosphere that his staff continues to cultivate in all its locations, catering to a more mature clientele. 

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“The industry has stores full of stigma because they’re dark and dusty and not well-stocked or -staffed,” VanTine said. “Apotheca stands apart as ‘the good one,’ especially for older customers who want to feel comfortable when trying something new.”

In February, Apotheca opened its first edibles kitchen in Waynesville, which also doubles as a retail location.

VanTine believes the strong growth stands as a testament to how much customers enjoy the brand and that the locations within Charlotte can act as the brand’s anchor.

“Joining different chambers [of commerce] in three different states shows how much people love our brand, even in different locations,” VanTine said. “And having multiple stores in different neighborhoods throughout one city makes the chamber an anchor for us as we grow.”

As at other location’s Apotheca’s new location on South Boulevard will sell a wide variety of cannabis, kratom and mushroom products. 

Apotheca also offers online orders through the online storefront on its website. Free shipping is available on orders over $49, and a signature is required for orders over $300. 

All products sold through Apotheca are 100% lab-tested by independent third-party labs. All Apotheca branded products carry a Certificate of Analysis.

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