Garden City and Colorado pot shops swarmed by shoppers for Green Friday sales
October 21, 2016
The holiday season's biggest shopping day didn't skip over pot shops.
By opening time Friday morning, a line had already formed outside of Nature's Herbs & Wellness Center in Garden City.
The marijuana store, 522 27th St, Garden City, had a slew of specials and deals for Green Friday — Colorado pot shops' quick-growing version of Black Friday.
Combined with Thanksgiving closures at stores the day before, Green Friday discounts had costumers filling pot shops in Garden City and throughout Colorado.
"People have been pouring through doors since we opened," said Glenn Lopez-Cepero, assistant manager at LivWell Garden City, 2647 8th Ave, Garden City.
At Nature's Herbs & Wellness Center, a line started forming outside the store at about 2 a.m. and by the time Crissy DeLeon, the store's general manager, showed up at 5 a.m., a small crowd of about 25 people had formed there.
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"It was insane," she said. "It was a sight to see."
When the store opened later that morning even more people showed up. In the first 30 minutes of business that day, the store had 70 costumers go through.
"That was so amazing," DeLeon said.
The rush put them on track to possibly set a new sales record, she said.
Despite the cold weather, the crowd outside the store that morning was in good spirits, with some people venturing to other area businesses and returning with coffee to give other people in line, DeLeon said.
In addition to doorbuster sales — such as a $50 ounce of marijuana, which usually costs about $200 to $300 — the store had hourly specials that kept customers coming in all day.
Although he probably would have stopped by the store Friday regardless of the sale, Mathew Breedlove, a medical marijuana customer, said he made sure to stop by at the time of a specific sale once he found out about it.
"They help us out," he said about the prices.
Only a few people lined up outside of LivWell Garden City before their opening Green Friday morning, but the store had a constant crowd in its waiting room all day after that, Lopez-Cepero said midday Friday.
LivWell didn't have too many specials exclusively for Green Friday — although they did have some ongoing deals they added to discounts for the day — but that didn't slow down customers.
With people visiting families for Thanksgiving, Green Friday also brings a lot of people to the store for the first time, Lopez-Cepero said. Many people visiting Colorado on holiday will come with a local resident to check out the store, he said.
The pot-buying spree in Garden City was repeated throughout Colorado.
At Denver Kush Club, about two dozen customers were lined up in subfreezing temperatures and snow showers Friday morning to take advantage of the shop's door-buster deals.
The first few customers got free joints, free rolling papers and a T-shirt with a purchase.
All medical customers were offered ounces of marijuana for $99 — a savings of about 50 percent off some full-price bud.
The shop blasted reggae music and welcomed the crowd with Green Friday welcome cheers. Similar deals were offered last year, the first in which retail recreational marijuana sales opened.
These stores don't have to worry about online competition. Internet marijuana sales are still prohibited.
Associated Press contributed to this story.