Ron Cheeke, owner of Liquor Planet and Axe and Barrel Brewing Company stands in front of the lot that will be turned into Honeycomb Cannabis, a licensed, retail cannabis store in Langford. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Ron Cheeke, owner of Liquor Planet and Axe and Barrel Brewing Company stands in front of the lot that will be turned into Honeycomb Cannabis, a licensed, retail cannabis store in Langford. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Realtor pitches Langford’s third retail cannabis store

Local business owner Ron Cheeke prepares to open Honeycomb Cannabis

Another retail cannabis store may be on its way to Langford.

Honeycomb Cannabis, which will be owned by local realtor and entrepreneur Ron Cheeke, received preliminary approval from the province and Langford council has agreed to put together a temporary use permit for the business.

The permit will go to Langford council once more and then back to the province for final approval.

This will be the third retail cannabis store to receive a temporary use permit in Langford, with two more expected as well.

“We approved (the stores) eight to nine months ago and then sent them to the province,” Langford Mayor Stew Young said. “We’ve said we’ll have five and that’s our maximum until we do a review after three years.”

The temporary use permits that are or will be issued allow non-medical cannabis retail sales at a specific location for three years after which the retailer can rezone or cease operations.

Cheeke, who also owns Liquor Planet and the Axe and Barrel Brewing Company, plans to build the cannabis store as an attachment to Liquor Planet.

The store is referred to as Planet Cannabis in the City’s staff report but Cheeke has informed Black Press Media that the name will be changed to Honeycomb Cannabis in order to keep it distinct from the liquor store.

“It’s been a long grind,” Cheeke said about the approval process. “It’s been a little tedious but I think it’s been fair.”

Cheeke said he decided to venture into the cannabis industry because he already has a lot of experience in the brewery and liquor store business as well as dealing with the government.

“I think that it’s an opportunity and as an entrepreneur you need to take risks,” Cheeke said.

Cheeke’s son, Lucas, will be at the forefront of the operation as well and has been taking classes to gain more knowledge about the field and regulations surrounding it.

“I’m excited to bring legal cannabis to Langford and have it more accessible to people who need it and who use it recreationally,” Lucas said, noting the store will be in an accessible location for the growing community.

Cheeke said the business will work in unison with Langford and the RCMP cannabis liaison officer when it comes to regulations.

“We’re taking it day-by-day and will be making sure people are well respected in the area,” Cheeke said.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

A rendering of Honeycomb Cannabis, which will be attached to the Liquor Planet building in Langford. (Ron Cheeke/Submitted)

A rendering of Honeycomb Cannabis, which will be attached to the Liquor Planet building in Langford. (Ron Cheeke/Submitted)

Just Posted

Keygan Power with brother Quintin and mom Allison while camping the weekend before Keygan’s brain hemorrhage on Aug. 2, 2020. (Photo Allison Power)
Saanich teen ‘locked inside,’ regaining speech after severe brain hemorrhage

16-year-old suffers traumatic loss of function, still plays a mean game of chess

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: Vancouver Island in a January spike while B.C. cases decrease

Island’s top doc Dr. Stanwick breaks down the Island’s rising numbers

Nearly 1,200 residents between Sooke and Port Renfrew lost power on Tuesday, Jan. 26. (BC Hydro)
UPDATE: Power restored for nearly 1,200 residents in Sooke, Port Renfrew

Outage in Port Renfrew due to fallen tree on power lines

North Saanich is giving local businesses a break by waving renewal fees for 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich waives business renewal fees for 2021

The municipality raised $48,000 from businesses licences in 2020

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

Shown is Quality Foods at 319 Island Highway in Parksville. The Island-based grocery chain announced on Jan. 25 it made a $2-per-hour pay premium, implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, permanent. (Mandy Moraes photo)
COVID-19: Quality Foods makes $2-per-hour employee pay premium permanent

Island-based grocery chain had extended increase twice in 2020

A Cessna 170 airplane similar to the one pictured above is reported to be missing off the waters between Victoria and Washington State. Twitter photo/USCG
Canadian, American rescue crews searching for missing aircraft in waters near Victoria

The search is centered around the waters northeast of Port Angeles

The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP have arrested a prolific offender who is now facing more than 40 charges. (Black Press file photo)
‘Priority offender’ arrested in Cowichan Valley faces more than 40 charges

Tyler Elrix, 37, had a history of evading police; was ordered not to be in Vancouver Island

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens during a postelection news conference in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
30% of B.C. recovery benefit applications held up in manual review

The province says 150 staff have been reassigned to help with manually reviewing applications

Adam Dergazarian, bottom center, pays his respect for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in front of a mural painted by artist Louie Sloe Palsino, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Kobe Bryant’s presence remains strong a year after his death

Tuesday marks the grim anniversary of the crash that took their lives

Surrey RCMP are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed at 183 Street and Highway 10 Friday night. (File photo)
Modelling of predicted transmission growth from the B117 COVID-19 variant in British Columbia. (Simon Fraser University)
COVID-19 variant predicted to cause ‘unmanageable’ case spike in B.C: report

SFU researchers predict a doubling of COVID-19 cases every two weeks if the variant spreads

The Brucejack mine is 65 km north of Stewart in northwestern B.C. (Pretivm Photo)
B.C. mine executives see bright gleam in post-COVID future

Low carbon drives demand for copper, steelmaking coal

Most Read