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updated: 4/5/2021 5:13 PM

Recreational marijuana dispensary opens for business in Wheeling

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  • Andrea Bramhall, left, serves Samion Popkov, the first customer Monday at the opening of the Hatch recreational marijuana dispensary in Wheeling. The dispensary opened Monday in a former TGI Friday's restaurant space on Lake-Cook Road.

    Andrea Bramhall, left, serves Samion Popkov, the first customer Monday at the opening of the Hatch recreational marijuana dispensary in Wheeling. The dispensary opened Monday in a former TGI Friday's restaurant space on Lake-Cook Road.
    Courtesy of Hatch

  • Customers and local officials check out the new Hatch recreational marijuana dispensary that opened Monday on Lake-Cook Road in Wheeling.

    Customers and local officials check out the new Hatch recreational marijuana dispensary that opened Monday on Lake-Cook Road in Wheeling.
    Courtesy of Hatch

 
Daily Herald report

Wheeling's first recreational marijuana dispensary made its first sale Monday, after a grand opening ceremony attended by Village President Patrick Horcher and other dignitaries.

Hatch dispensary is operating out of the former TGI Fridays restaurant at 1500 E. Lake-Cook Road. The 5,800-square-foot building is in the Schwind Crossings shopping center.

Another Hatch, formerly called Mindful, already operates in Addison.

Hatch will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

As part of Monday's opening, Hatch donated $100,000 to Oakton Community College to create the Hatch Social Equity Opportunity Scholarship. The scholarship will support social equity students enrolled in the college's cannabis programs by providing resources for tuition, books and fees.

The donation also will support internships at Hatch for qualified social equity students who are interested in learning about operating a dispensary and perhaps applying for a dispensary license in the future.