Green River Cannabis Co. takes a swing at business at former Meadows Golf Course

By JULIAN MENDOZA

Staff Writer

Published: 08-12-2021 3:16 PM

GREENFIELD — After completely remodeling the former Meadows Golf Course building at 398 Deerfield St., Green River Cannabis Co. plans to open a retail marijuana store this fall.

With all structural work finalized and even a new sign in place, Green River Cannabis Co. President Constant Poholek said he is ready to transition the golf course into a new chapter. The company is awaiting a final inspection from Greenfield’s building inspector and licensing from the state Cannabis Control Commission before it can open.

“This will be a good facelift for the property,” Poholek said. “It has been an icon in the city for years.”

The facility is set to operate seven days a week once it opens in the fall. The shop will start by carrying prepackaged products from Massachusetts marijuana wholesalers, but Poholek said he eventually hopes to operate a “small grow facility” on 1 to 2 acres of the 50-acre property.

Poholek said the retail store will be unique in that it will maintain the scenic view of the golf course to “emphasize a very clean retail product.” As the business expands, he hopes that its positive impact on the community can expand as well.

In addition to business motivations, Poholek emphasized the importance of community service in his vision. While his company will create jobs for the community, he said he also plans to provide a Greenfield Community College scholarship. His goal is to staff the business with around 15 local people of all ages, backgrounds and orientations who are invested in the product.

Heading the staff will be Poholek’s son, Ryan, 25, who will serve as vice president of Green River Cannabis Co. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Bryant University and a master’s degree in entrepreneurial studies from the University of Tampa.

Still, this isn’t the last the property has seen of golf. Poholek said he intends to continue golf operations in a new small clubhouse building that will be constructed on the premises. He said he values the property’s golf history and hopes to integrate both traditional golf and disc golf activities on the remaining land.

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