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June 23, 2022

Fine Fettle wins zoning approval for Manchester recreational cannabis dispensary

HBJ Photos | Joe Cooper Fine Fettle Dispensary's location on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington.

Fine Fettle has received zoning approval in Manchester for its pending equity joint venture recreational cannabis dispensary application.

Officials from Fine Fettle met with the Manchester Planning and Zoning Commission this week to discuss opening a recreational cannabis dispensary at 91 Hale Road. After a public hearing and conversation among zoning officials, the PZC unanimously approved a special exception permit for the business.

According to information from Manchester Senior Planner Megan Pilla, 91 Hale Road is a 2.33-acre parcel in the town’s comprehensive urban development zone. Fine Fettle would occupy one of the three existing tenant spaces in the 4,900-square-foot building.

Fine Fettle COO Benjamin Zachs said the company now awaits approval from the state for its equity joint venture application, which has already been submitted. He declined to disclose his social equity partners, but said that announcement would come after the state approves the equity joint venture application.

“We and our partners are super excited, and we can’t wait to be able to do this,” Zachs said.

Zachs said Manchester town officials did their due diligence in reviewing the application and were supportive of the dispensary franchise coming to town.

“We were able to quell any fears and make them see that, hopefully, we’re going to be a great partner to the town,” Zachs said.

Adjacent to the planned dispensary, are commercial businesses and the White Oaks retirement community.

Should the now-approved facility open, it will be Fine Fettle’s fourth location in Connecticut. The medical dispensary franchise began with its Willimantic location and has since opened facilities in Newington and Stamford. The company also has two hybrid dispensaries in Massachusetts and recently won approvals to open a dispensary in Georgia.

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