King St. building to become pot dispensary

  • The former Sakura Buffet on King Street.  STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

Staff Writer
Published: 7/28/2020 4:43:22 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A former Asian restaurant on King Street has been sold for $1.25 million to a buyer who plans to turn it into a cannabis dispensary.

The former Sakura Buffet building at 261 King St. was sold to Sajid Khan of New Jersey, according to the deed recorded on July 14.

Paperwork filed in the city’s building department shows that Turning Leaf Centers Northampton will be establishing a retail cannabis dispensary in the rear two-thirds of the existing building, according to a zoning permit application submitted to the building department in June.

“An additional eating and drinking establishment will be offered in the front one-third of the building,” the application states.

“Were looking for a tenant for the coffee shop which we hope to put in the front part of the space,” Khan said.

Khan lives in New Jersey and manages medical practices, but went to Babson College and heard of the building for sale through friends. “Northampton is a great town,” he said.

Turning Leaf signed a host community agreement with Northampton in October 2019.

Y&B Realty owned the building before the sale. The building was home to Sakura Buffet, and before that, Hunan Gourmet.

Turning Leaf Centers Northampton may be one of 11 adult-use cannabis retailers eventually open in the city, as Northampton has signed community host agreements with 11 different companies.

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@gazettenet.com.




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