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November 28, 2023

Missouri-based cannabis company seeks to build retail building in East Hartford

Google Maps 32 Main St., East Hartford

A Columbia, Missouri-based cannabis company aims to build a retail building along Route 2 in East Hartford by the Glastonbury border. 

According to an application submitted to the town’s Inland Wetlands and Environment Commission, Shangri-La CT Inc. aims to build a retail store at 32 Main St., in East Hartford. The applicant is Nevil Patel, CEO of the Columbia, Missouri-based cannabis retail chain. 

The address Patel lists on the application ties back to a Shangri-La superstore in Columbia. 

An attempt to reach a Shangri-La representative was not immediately successful. 

Founded in Columbia, Missouri in 2021, Shangri-La started with a focus on medical cannabis, and has since expanded operations to Ohio, South Dakota, Illinois and Connecticut. 

The company’s Connecticut branch is renovating a building in Norwalk for use as a retail outlet, which is anticipated to open in December, according to The Hour. 

Waterbury’s Zoning Commission, in October, approved Shangri-La’s plans to open a 3,000-square-foot retail cannabis shop at 99 Brookside Road. 

In East Hartford, the cannabis company’s wetlands application only describes the proposed structure as a “retail building.” There has been no application yet to the planning office with further detail. 

The application targets a nearly nine-tenths-of-an-acre property at 32 Main St., which is located across from a large retail plaza hosting a Home Depot, TJ Maxx, PetSmart and ShopRite, among other retailers. 

The property currently hosts a Cape-style house built in 1941. 

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