CAN (BC): ‘It’s a serious blow:’ cannabis producer Tilray announces shut down of Nanaimo operation

A large employer in the city is pulling out of Nanaimo, leaving hundreds of people out of work.

Tilray announced on Wednesday, Sept. 15, it would close its Nanaimo cultivation facility and offices based in Duke Point in phases — a process the company expected to be finalized next spring.

The publicly traded cannabis giant stated it is making operational efficiencies after merging with Aphria, another large cannabis producer. NanaimoNewsNOW has learned in the range of 160 to 170 employees at the Tilray Nanaimo operation are impacted by the company’s pending departure.

Mayor Leonard Krog called Tilray’s announcement a major setback for the region. “It’s a serious blow. It will have a significant roll-out through our local economy. I’m very upset by this and can only hope some other substantial employer like Tilray will be in a position to take over and use their premises,” Krog said Wednesday afternoon.

Read more at nanaimonewsnow.com


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