If all goes according to plan, Bloc, the first marijuana store in Lake Zurich’s history, will open to customers by the end of April.
The village board voted 4-1 earlier this month to allow the plan to convert the old TGI Fridays restaurant on South Rand Road near Costco into a marijuana shop, which will sell to both medical-use and recreational customers.
Mitchell Zaveduk, the vice president of real estate for Justice Cannabis Co., the Chicago-based company that operates the chain of Bloc stores, said the company is designing the store and will soon submit plans to village staff.
After the village approves building permits, Zaveduk said the company will likely first work on the building’s interior over the winter and then move outside once the weather is warmer.
He said changes to the existing building will be cosmetic, including removing TGI Fridays’ traditional red awning and adding Bloc’s logo.
Jon Loevy, a co-founder of Justice Cannabis Co., said he wants the Lake Zurich location to be a flagship for the Bloc chain. Zaveduk said the company is busy opening stores in Michigan, Missouri and New Jersey and