VANCOUVER, May 14, 2018 /CNW/ - INVICTUS MD STRATEGIES CORP. ("Invictus" or the "Company") (TSXV: GENE; OTC: IVITF; FRA: 8IS1) is pleased to announce the company's multi-pronged retail strategy, an approach to distributing and selling cannabis that involves the ownership of dispensaries and partnerships with leading retail outlets nationwide. Invictus' multifaceted sales strategy aimed to target each channel for sales and distribution fits squarely within the company's seed-to-sale, vertically integrated business model, which consist of establishing supply agreements and product calls with provincial governments and licensed producers, developing retail storefronts across Western Canada, and continued focus on the medical cannabis sector.
The company's retail efforts are led by Acreage Pharms' CEO, Trevor Dixon, who prior to becoming a part of Invictus, spent more than two decades building a highly successful traditional franchise conglomerate with stores in more than 50 cities across Canada. Trevor's extensive experience in traditional retail strategy guides the Company's pursuit of prime dispensary locations in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Company has also hired a talented group of consultants with specialized experience in real estate and retail, including opening chains of retail locations. In addition to dispensary locations and smart partnerships, store design with an intense focus on customer experience stands as another foundation of the retail branding strategy.
In addition, Invictus Chief Evangelist Officer Gene Simmons, one of the founders of the seminal rock 'n' roll band KISS and a lifelong serial entrepreneur, will offer insight and guidance. Gene's successes in traditional retail environments are profound, with literally thousands of licensing agreements as well as a chain of restaurants, among other commercial achievements. Gene will be heavily involved in Invictus' retail strategy.
"We have devoted more than 18 months to building a savvy and committed team, gaining key licenses, erecting state-of-the-art structures designed for the cultivation and production of cannabis products, and crafting a high-quality and extensive portfolio of cannabis strains. Now we are directing the same levels of expertise and hard work towards the last step in the process — sales," said Invictus Founder and CEO Dan Kriznic. "As we stated from the day we founded Invictus, we aim to become Canada's Cannabis Company. And ensuring that consumers not only gain easy access to excellent cannabis, but also enjoy and appreciate their shopping experiences, stands as a key brand promise."
Invictus retail locations will offer consumers refined shopping experiences in spaces evocative of Canada's natural beauty, with natural woods, open floor plans and tasteful lighting. Retail staff will receive extensive training, and will use iPads as well as their own knowledge to help guide customers through the cannabis shopping experience.
Invictus' sales strategy involves the pursuit of supply agreements and product calls with provincial governments in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and the Territories; and securing large-scale product calls and supply agreements, as well as smaller "craft" agreements.
One premiere sales partnership, with Canopy Growth's curated CraftGrow line on Tweed Main Street's online stores, is up and running, with sales of Invictus' AB Labs' cannabis now taking place through the virtual marketplace. Invictus looks forward to more successful and targeted partnerships where suitable.
As mentioned, the Company has founded a dispensary business and is actively pursuing retail permits and leases for retail storefronts that meet both provincial regulations and municipal bylaws. Invictus' plan is to secure and license a base target of at minimum 20 retail storefronts with 9 in Alberta, 7 in Saskatchewan and 4 in British Columbia - in time for the legalization of the adult market.
Rules for retail distribution differ between each province and territory. For now, Invictus is targeting British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
- The Province permits local governments to decide whether or not non-medical dispensaries will be allowed. Those seeking to open dispensaries must apply to and gain approval from both the Province and the local government.
- The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission oversee the application process. Prior to granting a license, the AGLC requires municipal approval for the proposed dispensary.
- The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority will initially issue 51 cannabis retail permits across 32 municipalities and First Nations. Communities with populations of 2,500 or greater will be eligible for cannabis retail permitting, but communities will have the ability to opt out.
- The SLGA will use a two-phase process for selecting operators. First, applicants must respond to an RFP that screens for financial capacity as well as the ability to track and report cannabis inventory. Phase II will involve a random lottery selection of qualified applicants.
- Applicants that fulfill the requirements of the RFP and are selected in the lottery can then complete the full application process.
In anticipation of a strong consumer marketplace for both medical and recreational cannabis, Invictus' Acreage Pharms, in Alberta, now includes a customer call centre within its Phase 2 facility, which will process orders from medical patients, governmental bodies, licensed producers and private retailers.
"We are working on multiple fronts, including everything from horticulture to licensing to construction, real estate leasing and distribution partnerships, to cultivate and sell an outstanding portfolio of cannabis products across 2018," said Kriznic. "The whole Invictus team is thrilled that we are meeting calendar and quality benchmarks, and eager to continue achieving triumphs as we march through this historic year."
Invictus owns and operates cannabis companies in Canada with the vision of producing a variety of high quality and low cost cannabis products and strains to the global market place as regulations permit. Gene Simmons, music legend and media mogul, conveys the vision of Invictus as the Chief Evangelist Officer.
Invictus operates two cannabis production sites under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations ("ACMPR") in Canada and has over 95,000 square feet of cannabis production capacity at the licensed production sites. The Company's wholly owned subsidiary Acreage Pharms Ltd. ("Acreage Pharms"), located in West-Central Alberta on 150 acres, has approximately 40,000 square feet of cannabis ready production with its recently completed Phase 2 expansion. The Company intends on expanding to 120,000 square feet by the end of 2018 once Phase 3 is complete.
Invictus also owns 50% of AB Laboratories Inc. ("AB Labs"), a licensed producer under the ACMPR located in Hamilton, Ontario. AB Labs currently operates in a 16,000 square foot facility and recently acquired a facility adjacent to the existing property that will allow for a total of 56,000 square feet of cultivation space expected to be ready for production by June 2018. During the first quarter of 2018 AB Labs submitted a secondary license to Health Canada for a nearby property on 100 acres under the name AB Ventures Inc. ("AB Ventures").
Combined, the licensed producers owned by Invictus expect to have approximately 200,000 square feet of cannabis production capacity by the end of 2018 and 520,000 square feet of cannabis production capacity by the end of 2019.
In addition to the ACMPR licenses, the Company has an 82.5% investment in Future Harvest Development Ltd. a high quality Fertilizer and Nutrients manufacturer based in Kelowna, British Columbia that has been in operation for over 20 years under the brand Plant Life Products and Holland Secret.
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On Behalf of the Board,
Chairman & CEO
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
In the United States
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