Liquor stores, pot shops thrive during coronavirus pandemic


EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — In the wake of the Coronavirus, some businesses are struggling while others are thriving.

Liquor stores and pot shops say they’ve actually seen an increase in sales.

Governor Jared Polis included liquor and pot retailers as essential businesses, even though social distancing is still strongly encouraged.

Maggie’s Farm has been working on its strategy for a while now and Tuesday they put it in action. CEO Bill Conkling believes it ran smoothly on its first day getting customers through in about 6-8 minutes.

“Our sales have been in the record-high days for the last 10-12 days, so we’re certainly not struggling there,” said Bill Conkling, with Maggie’s Farm Marijuana.

Jim Little co-owner of Coaltrain said they have been on Drizzly, an alcohol delivery app for about a year, but it’s just now gaining traction.

“Our sales are up,” said Jim Little, co-owner of Coaltrain liquors. “Oh [sales have] probably gone up 4 or 5 times since we started with Drizzly, yes, and increasing each day which is great by us.”

Right now each day that they are open means more than the last.

“Our staff feels incredibly lucky they work at a place first they continue to work at, and so they can continue to get a paycheck,” said Little.

>> Tap here for more information on Drizzly.

>> Tap here to learn more about Maggie’s Farm online ordering.

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