INSA eyes retail pot expansion in Springfield 

  • The line and the wait were short for patrons of INSA one hour after the Easthampton establishment began its first day of recreational sales of marijuana on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Staff Writer
Published: 1/15/2019 1:14:03 PM

SPRINGFIELD – INSA is looking to move into the building currently occupied by Luxe Burger in the South End as the next location to sell recreational marijuana, according to Mark Zatyrka, the company’s CEO. 

Located at 1200 West Columbus Ave. it would be INSA’s third store in western Massachusetts. 

“We decided to keep our current location in Springfield medicinal only,” Zatyrka said on Monday. 

The company owns a medical marijuana dispensary at 506 Cottage St. in Springfield, which opened in May 2018 and a recreational marijuana shop in the Keystone Mill Building at 122 Pleasant St. in Easthampton, which opened last month. The Easthampton shop became the second recreational marijuana dispensary to open in western Massachusetts behind NETA in Northampton, which is being acquired by Surterra Wellness, a Georgia-based company and one of Florida’s largest legal marijuana businesses, according to announcment made Monday by the companies. 

On Monday, INSA posted a notice for a community meeting scheduled for Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the South End Citizens Council at 510 Main St. in Springfield.  Zatyrka said the West Columbus Avenue location is ideal because the property has plenty of parking, is conveniently located near Interstate 91 and is far enough away from other businesses. 

“We came across Luxe Burger and we thought it would be the perfect location,” Zatyrka said of opening a second recreational pot shop.  

In addition to its medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries in the Keystone Mill Building in Easthampton, INSA also operates a cultivation and manufacturing facility at the property. 

The city of Springfield and the state Cannabis Control Commission would have to approve licenses for INSA to sell recreation marijuana at 1200 West Columbus Ave. The company is also nearing a community host agreement with Salem for a retail marijuana shop, which would then need approval from the commission. 

Luis Fieldman can be reached at lfieldman@gazettenet.com




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