Perfect Union hopes to open a retail location in an abandoned children’s dance studio at 45 E. Minarets Avenue, just east of Blackstone Avenue.
“We look at this as an opportunity to actually revitalize part of the community and to bring cannabis to folks who need it,” said Caity Maple, vice president of government affairs and compliance with Perfect Union.
Maple says they have already leased the building at a cost of at least $100,000. If granted an application, they plan to spend another $100,000 to renovate the building.
Perfect Union is competing for one of two licenses in northeast Fresno’s District 6. Nine companies applied, five standard and four social equity.
Companies are not allowed to lobby city officials during the process.
“It helps us, frankly, for us as a company because we have a demonstrated record of success and there’s not a lot of companies that have the history that we do,” Maple said.
Perfect Union operates eight other retail marijuana locations in California, the closest to Fresno being in Turlock.
“If you don’t have a background in doing this, in this industry, it’s incredibly complex. The regulations are tough. And if you don’t have that experience, it’s really hard for you to be successful,” Maple said.