GALESBURG – When Nature’s Treatment of Illinois announced plans to open a pharmacy in Galesburg on New Year’s Day, there were visions of long lines, heated tents, local music, and food trucks. Four months later they finally opened, albeit with less fanfare.
Nature’s Treatment opened its doors at 10 a.m. on Monday morning and gave Galesburg its first taste of legal recreational cannabis in an intentionally unannounced opening that left plenty of spaces open in the old ALDI’s parking lot on the corner of Main Street and Henderson Street.
According to Ron Glassner, Operations Manager at Nature’s Treatment pharmacy in Milan, the delay in opening was due to several factors. The supply problems in the state persisted and the pharmacy’s license to open in Galesburg was not approved until late April.
“We fell behind on the blueprint, but it turns out that’s a blessing in disguise,” said Glassner. “It is better that we waited longer so that we at least have the space in stock.”
At Nature’s Treatment’s Milan site, marijuana “flowers” were rare, with a larger supply usually in the form of vaporizer cartridges and pens, food and products of this type.
The Galesburg location menu, which will be posted on the pharmacy’s website at 7 a.m. on Monday, currently shows availability of flowers, pre-rolls, cannabis concentrate, cartridges, groceries and current items. All products are listed to be available while stocks last.
People shopping at the pharmacy must follow social distancing guidelines and only 10 people are allowed into the building at a time.
Customers can pre-register online or in the parking lot. There they can register by showing their ID and then waiting in the parking lot from their car. Masks are required in the pharmacy.
In light of the pandemic, pharmacies selling a product that was illegal to sell until January this year have been classified as essential businesses. It was a blessing for the treatment of nature in Milan at a time when many companies are suffering.
“Our business was actually better during the pandemic,” said Glassner. “I think people have a lot of time on their hands.”
For Galesburg, it could be a bright spot in a difficult time for companies.
“I’m delighted that Nature’s Treatment of Illinois has officially opened in Galesburg,” said Ken Springer, director of the Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development. “This project not only renovated a long-vacant building and created a new one.” It has also created a brand new source of tax revenue for our community at a time when so much is uncertain due to the COVID-19 crisis. “
The pharmacy is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Matt Koester: (630) 808-4142; firstname.lastname@example.org