Jushi Announces the Beginning of Adult-Use Cannabis Sales at its Illinois Dispensary in Normal, Illinois

New Adult-Use Customers Can Only Shop Online or Over-the-Phone for In-Store Pickup
Medical Patients Can Shop In-Store, Online or Over-the-Phone for Convenient Curbside or In-Store Pickup

BOCA RATON, Fla., May 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jushi Holdings Inc. (“Jushi” or the “Company”) (CSE: JUSH) (OTCXQ: JUSHF), a globally-focused, multi-state cannabis and hemp operator, announces the beginning of adult-use sales at its dispensary in Normal, Illinois (Bloomington-Normal metropolitan area). As previously announced, Jushi’s Illinois dispensaries now operate under the Company's BEYOND / HELLO™ brand.

On Monday, May 11, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., BEYOND / HELLO™ Bloomington-Normal will begin serving adult-use customers through Jushi’s newly launched online shopping experience at www.beyond-hello.com and over-the-phone orders for in-store pickup. Medical patients can continue to shop in-store as well as place orders online and over-the-phone for either curbside or in-store pickup.

Jim Cacioppo, Jushi’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented, “On this day two years ago, BEYOND / HELLO™ opened up its very first dispensary in Bristol, Pennsylvania. Several store openings later, we’re now expanding into one of the most attractive and fastest-growing adult-use cannabis markets in the country. We continue to work aggressively to stay ahead of consumer demands, while remaining nimble in our response to COVID-19. Our new online shopping platform delivers a more convenient and transparent shopping experience, while providing an alternative way for our customers to engage with our BEYOND / HELLO™ retail brand. We look to continue our retail footprint expansion by opening up two additional storefronts in Illinois by year-end, along with several other retail locations in key states like Pennsylvania, Virginia and California.”

BEYOND / HELLO™ Bloomington-Normal, located at 501 West Northtown Road, Normal, Illinois, will be open on Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The new retail location will carry flower, pre-rolls, extracts, edibles, cartridges, disposable pens, tinctures, topicals, capsules, pills and various ancillary products such as batteries, vapes, rig and vape cleaning gear and other merchandise. As a part of BEYOND / HELLO's commitment to customer service, a trained staff will be on-site to answer questions and dispense products.

The Bloomington-Normal metropolitan area in Central Illinois has a population of approximately 170,000 people, according to the U.S. Census. The area is one of the major economic centers in Central Illinois with both State Farm and Country Financial based in Bloomington. Normal is home to multiple educational institutions, including Illinois State University. With the existing location and a future second site in the area, Jushi plans to operate two of the three dispensaries allowed in the Bloomington-Normal metropolitan area.

Lastly, in accordance with the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all BEYOND / HELLO™ retail locations have taken additional steps to further promote a healthy and safe operating environment for all of its patients, customers and employees, including:

  • Launching a new online shopping experience for either curbside or in-store pickup
  • Over the phone pre-orders for either curbside or in-store pickup
  • Frequently sanitizing high-touch surfaces
  • Deep cleaning and sanitizing workstations
  • Sanitizing or washing hands after each transaction
  • Ensuring hand sanitizer is easily accessible
  • Suspending all use of paper menus, demo products, and demo samples
  • Taking the temperature of store employees prior to the start of their shift
  • Positioning staff at every other register when possible
  • Requiring all employees wear masks

For more information, please visit https://www.jushico.com/ and https://beyond-hello.com/.

About Jushi Holdings Inc.
We are a globally focused cannabis and hemp company led by an industry leading management team. In the United States Jushi is focused on building a multi-state portfolio of branded cannabis and hemp-derived assets through opportunistic acquisitions, distressed workouts and competitive applications. Jushi strives to maximize shareholder value while delivering high quality products across all levels of the cannabis and hemp ecosystem. For more information please visit www.jushico.com or our social media channels, InstagramFacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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Investor Relations Contact:
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