Cannabis brand Hatch has opened a new location in Wheeling, Ill., featuring a reimagined high-design setting rooted in comfort and care, with added amenities for a host of new in-store opportunities. The new location will be “adult-use only,” while Hatch’s existing Addison, Ill. store served both medical and adult-use guests. (Hatch also offers both in-store and online shopping).
The new Hatch occupies what was formerly a freestanding TGIFriday’s adjacent to a Target Superstore and Binny’s Beverage Depot. Designed by DMAC Architecture, the 5,800-square-foot space was gutted and revamped as a next-level dispensary experience, offering a curated selection of premium cannabis accessories and lifestyle goods as well as a large lounge area where Hatch will host a variety of educational cannabis-related events on a regular basis.
The in-store events will span topics including seminars on the benefits of cannabis, how to evaluate different strains, how to use cannabis to treat certain conditions and how to cook with cannabis. All events will be livestreamed for those not able to attend in person, and will be available on the Hatch website as an ongoing resource.
Concurrent with the new opening, Hatch has donated $100,000 to Oakton Community College to create the Hatch Social Equity Opportunity Scholarship, which will support social equity students enrolled in the college’s cannabis programs by providing resources for tuition, books and fees. Additionally, the scholarship will support internships at Hatch for qualified social equity students who are interested in learning the ropes of operating a dispensary and perhaps applying for their own dispensary licenses in the future.