It’s no secret that Michigan’s vote to legalize medical marijuana more than 10 years ago led to more indoor gardening businesses opening up. Now, a local entrepreneur is hoping the passage last November of Proposition 1 legalizing recreational marijuana will make his new venture even more attractive.
Erik Hall opened Grow Kings earlier this year and is gearing up for a busy fall season. Located in the old Papa John’s at 1052 Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth, the Sunshine Acres mall store sells all the supplies needed to grow plants indoors, from fertilizers to grow tents. He expects business to pick up as the months cool and people look to grow indoors.
The store opening in Plymouth came as Hall looked around the area and didn’t see many other indoor garden stores in that part of Wayne County. He hopes to attract customers from across the region, including Plymouth, Canton and Northville.
“We are experienced growers and live in the area, and we noticed that they don’t have a store in the area,” he said. “The nearest store is in Westland, Novi or Belleville. There is no store here.”
Michigan voters approved Proposition 1 last year, which allowed the use of small amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes.
“We expect indoor garden center growth due to laws that have changed,” he said. “But we also serve all indoor gardeners.”
Their systems allow the cultivation of many plants, although most come to grow medical marijuana.
“You can grow anything,” Hall said. “Fruits, vegetables, cannabis.”
The curious can check out the store display with several tomato plants growing in the store.
In addition to serving individual customers, Grow Kings plans to serve larger-scale operations once marijuana licenses become available from the state, which is expected later this year.
The store will celebrate the start of its high season with a grand opening celebration from noon to 6 p.m. Friday. Customers can receive 20% off their purchase at the celebration and a raffle will be held for a gift certificate.
The hope for the store is that it could eventually lead to additional stores in other parts of town. With the legalization of marijuana at the state level, they expect more store types to follow.
“I imagine with legalization it’s going to take off,” said Adam Weber, the store’s chief operating officer. “That will probably follow with Colorado.”