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New co-located store in Brampton offers Spark Perks™ members a fast and convenient shopping experience at a high-traffic Circle K store
TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2022 /CNW/ - Fire & Flower Holdings Corp. ("Fire & Flower" or the "Company") (TSX: FAF) (OTCQX: FFLWF), a leading cannabis consumer retail and technology platform announced today that in collaboration with its strategic partner, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. ("ACT"), that Spark Perks™ members can now experience a new fast and convenient way of shopping for cannabis in the Greater Toronto Area through Circle K's new co-located store in the Brampton market.
The co-located store is located directly adjacent to the Circle K at 1990 Steeles Avenue West, Brampton, Ontario. This easily accessible location showcases a convenience cannabis store model and expands on the many products and services offered by the adjacent Circle K store including fuel, car wash, food, snacks and convenience items.
"This convenience-based shopping model is a major step change in the industry and provides a competitive advantage for both Fire & Flower and Circle K in the transformation of the cannabis consumer shopping experience," said Stéphane Trudel, Chief Executive Officer of Fire & Flower. "Fire & Flower anticipates reaching a total of 10 Circle K co-located stores operating using its technology and brands within the next twelve months. The opening of this store in the GTA demonstrates our progress towards this goal and builds upon the two pilot stores that are already open and operating in Alberta."
Spark PerksTM members and Circle K customers are served in a fast, convenient, and personal way leveraging the Hifyre™ digital retail platform licensed to Circle K which powers every customer interaction in the store and online shopping at fireandflower.com, with quick and easy pickup at the store. Spark PerksTM members receive exclusive benefits including member pricing on top selling products both in store and online.
ACT and Fire & Flower have an existing Master Franchise Agreement ("MFA") in several provinces to operate Fire & Flower branded cannabis stores co-located with Circle K stores and use the Hifyre™ digital retail platform.
About Fire & Flower
Fire & Flower is a cannabis consumer retail and technology platform with more than 90 corporate-owned stores in its network. The Company leverages its wholly-owned technology development subsidiary, Hifyre Inc., to continually advance its proprietary retail operations model while also providing additional independent high-margin revenue streams. Fire & Flower guides consumers through the complex world of cannabis through best-in-class retailing while the HifyreTM digital and analytics platform empowers retailers to optimize their connections with consumers. The Company's leadership team combines extensive experience in the technology, cannabis and retail industries.
Through the strategic investment of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (owner of Circle K convenience stores), the Company has set its sights on global expansion as new cannabis markets emerge and is poised to expand into the United States when permitted through its strategic licensing agreement with Fire & Flower U.S. Holdings upon the occurrence of certain changes to the cannabis regulatory regime.
To learn more about Fire & Flower, visit www.fireandflower.com.
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