Golden Meds has a larger footprint in Denver after purchasing two more marijuana dispensaries, with plans to acquire another two in the metro area.
The chain of marijuana stores bought Denver dispensaries Back to the Garden and High Street Growers in April, according to owner Gabriel Sarikov. Both stores underwent transitions in late May and are now open, he adds.
"We liked the location of both stores. We've wanted to be on Broadway and Federal for a while," Sarikov says. "Right now we have eight stores, and we have two more on the way."
The former Back to the Garden store, located at 1755 South Broadway, puts Golden Meds toward the end of South Broadway's Green Mile, a stretch of the street dense with dispensaries. The old High Street Growers dispensary, previously under the same ownership as Back to the Garden, sits at 330 Federal Boulevard, just off 6th Avenue. Both stores are licensed for medical and recreational marijuana sales.
In 2014, Golden Meds' north Denver store on Peoria Avenue was the brand's only dispensary. Now there eight Golden Meds dispensaries in Colorado — seven in Denver and one in Colorado Springs — with Golden Meds also recently taking over Redeye Releaf and two old Firehouse Organics medical dispensaries.
According to Sarikov, plans are also in the works to purchase Lakewood medical dispensary Kind Pain Management and Green Leaf in south Denver this year.
"A little business has dropped since the [COVID-19 pandemic], but it's not bad," he says. "We're excited to open in these new neighborhoods."
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.