Jushi Holdings has commenced the first phase of expansion at its Pennsylvania cultivation facility located in Scranton, PA. The Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Pennsylvania Medical Solutions (PAMS) has entered into an amendment of its existing lease with Innovative Industrial Properties, making available an additional $30 million in funding for the first phase of property development of the Facility. The funding will be used to complete the buildout of the existing 89,000 sq. ft. building and an approximately 40,000 sq. ft. expansion of the Facility for a total of 130,000 sq. ft. The first phase of the expansion, with an estimated budget of approximately $40 million, is expected to add approximately 26,000 sq. ft. of canopy for a total of 45,000 sq. ft. and is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to regulatory approvals.
PAMS is also in the design stage for the second phase of the planned expansion, which would add approximately 60,000 sq. ft. to the building and increase total canopy to approximately 110,000 sq. ft. The Company expects PAMS to begin the second phase of the expansion in the third quarter of 2021, with a revised preliminary budget between $25 – $30 million and an estimated completion date of the second quarter of 2022, subject to regulatory approvals. The estimated combined cost of the two phases of expansion has increased to $65 – $70 million, from our prior preliminary total of $50 million, as the Company has increased the size and scope of the proposed expansion. The Facility is expected to be approximately 190,000 sq. ft. after both phases of the buildout have been completed. In addition to these two contemplated phases of buildout, PAMS continues to assess and develop further expansion opportunities at the Facility to meet the needs of patients and wholesale market demand, now and in the future.
“We are excited to officially commence the first phase of expansion at our subsidiary’s Pennsylvania grower-processor facility,” said Jim Cacioppo, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and Founder of Jushi.
We continue to see strong growth in the Pennsylvania medical market and this expansion will allow PAMS to significantly increase its canopy space and production capacity to solidify availability of its award-winning, high-quality branded suite of products to both our eleven BEYOND / HELLO™ medical marijuana dispensaries as well as into the wholesale market across an approximately one hundred medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the Commonwealth.
This expansion is also expected to create over 100 new jobs and generate additional tax dollars in the Scranton region. We appreciate the strong support of IIP as a long-term real estate capital partner, teaming with us to provide strategic real estate capital at an opportune time for our continued expansion in Pennsylvania.