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Leading Illinois Cannabis Dispensary Debut's New Name/Image In Time for New Year

Illinois Supply & Provisions begins new era in Illinois as its cannabis industry evolves


ILLINOIS - December 2, 2019 ( Newswire) Ascend Illinois, a division of Ascend Wellness Holdings (AWH), is officially redefining Illinois' Cannabis retail experience in the new year complete with a new name. Today the company announced it will move away from the HCI Alternatives brand, and will operate under the brand Illinois Supply and Provisions in 2020.

"While serving patients under Illinois' medical cannabis program will remain a core priority at our original locations in central and Metro-east Illinois we will welcome a new type of customer under Illinois adult -use program beginning January first. The new year is a perfect time to introduce an fresh brand that is appropriate for both medical patients and recreational customers," said AWH CEO Abner Kurtin.

Nearly four years ago HCI Alternatives began serving Illinois' first medical cannabis patients looking to find alternative relief under the state's highly restrictive pilot program. The dispensary started with less than two dozen patients in early 2016 and has become a trusted name in Cannabis throughout Illinois. Today, Ascend Illinois serves nearly 6,000 patients each month in both and central Illinois and the Metro-east.

"The trust we have built with our patients will continue to grow with the same compassionate and knowledgeable staff. Illinois cannabis consumers are more knowledgeable than ever and it is our responsibility to keep up with the changing culture. We will now offer a more interactive customer experience and fresh line of quality products to existing and new customers," said AWH Regional Director Kathleen Olivastro.

To better serve customers in a rapidly growing market, Illinois Supply and Provisions (IS&P) is completely remodeling the store, adding additional square feet of floor space, doubling its dispensary staff and adding additional point of sale positions in advance of increased demand that will come with recreational sales. IS&P plans to open at least two additional, adult-use only, Illinois locations in 2020.

In addition to a new brand at the dispensary level, AWH has also put major investment into building out capacity at its cultivation and processing center in Barry, Illinois. The facility has added 50,000 feet of additional canopy space to the growing market and will launch its exclusive Ozone line of high quality cannabis strains that are being processed into a full range of lab tested recreational offerings including flower, oil, concentrates and infused products beginning in 2020.

About Ascend Wellness Holdings

Ascend Wellness Holdings is a market leading, vertically integrated operator with retail and production facilities in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts and New Jersey. AWH is breaking down traditional walls in the cannabis marketplace to create a unique, in-store customer experience and providing exclusive brand partnerships. AWH owns and operates state of the art cultivation facilities, growing award winning strains and producing a curated selection of products with effect-based categorization. AWH operates under the brands; Illinois Supply and Provisions (formerly HCI Alternatives), Ohio Provisions, and Michigan Supply and Provisions.

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