Marijuana Shop Not Welcome At Yakima, Washington Mall, Owner Says

WASHINGTON: An entrepreneur who applied with the state to open a marijuana retail store in Yakima’s Chalet Mall Shopping Center will have to find another location if he’s granted a license.

The applicant never spoke to the shopping center owners about his or her intentions, according to Chalet Mall co-owner Bill Moultray, who said there’s no way a marijuana business would get approval to move in to the shopping center.

“I consider it right up there with a smut shop,” Moultray said.

The business, identified only as Green Gulch Inc. in records released Tuesday by the state Liquor Control Board, also filed to open a store at 6400 Nob Hill Blvd., where currently the only building on site is a Walgreens. Attempts to reach the property owner this week were unsuccessful.

Moultray, who deals with current and prospective tenants at the Chalet Mall, said he received numerous complaints from tenants and area residents after the state records listed the Chalet Mall as a prospective location for a marijuana store. He said some tenants threatened to leave the building if a marijuana shop moved in.

Moultray said he has no idea who the owner of Green Gulch is. Records released earlier this week by the liquor board do no list an owner.

“I never talked to them and I would refuse to talk with them to begin with,” Moultray said.

The shopping center, located at the northwest corner of Summitview and 56th avenues, hosts numerous businesses, including a Wray’s grocery store, Starbucks and Inklings book store. Chalet Mall houses a liquor store as well, which Moultray also co-owns.


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