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February 7, 2023

Fine Fettle wins zoning approval for Old Saybrook dispensary

HBJ Photo | Skyler Frazer Adult-use cannabis customers wait in line at the Fine Fettle Newington dispensary on the first day of recreational marijuana sales in Connecticut.

Fine Fettle’s plans to open a recreational marijuana dispensary in Old Saybrook took a step forward this week after the company was approved for a special exception to open a retail store in the town.

Fine Fettle, a Connecticut-based cannabis company with three medical and recreational dispensaries in the state, had its special exception approved Tuesday night during a meeting of the Old Saybrook Zoning Commission.

According to information submitted to the town, Fine Fettle plans to operate a 2,600-square-foot recreational marijuana dispensary at 233 Boston Post Road. The site will also have 1,400 square feet of vacant space and 1,000 square feet of storage space above the retail shop.

This is the second time Fine Fettle has applied for a special exception in Old Saybrook after initially being denied. During the initial application, town officials cited lack of employee parking and too large of a retail store as reasons for denial.

Fine Fettle Chief Operations Officer Ben Zachs said the company went back to the drawing board after the initial denial and drafted up plans for a smaller footprint on the property with fewer employees.

Members of the public now have a window to appeal the Zoning Commission’s decision of granting the special exception. If no one appeals, Fine Fettle’s plan will go to the state Department of Consumer Protection for final approval.

Fine Fettle has plans to open six equity joint venture dispensaries with social equity partner and Hartford resident Kennard Ray. One of the six stores, 91 Hale Road in Manchester, has already been approved and is gearing up for an opening early this year.
The company also recently won approvals in Bloomfield for its equity joint venture cultivation and production facility at 10 Mosey Drive. That social equity cultivator license is for businesses planning to open large-scale operations of more than 15,000 square feet of grow space, differing from micro-cultivator licenses that go to establishments with between 2,000 square feet and 10,000 square feet of grow space.

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