Building on roots in retail, marijuana business Quality Roots branches out in metro Detroit

If you don’t believe a cannabis business can be run similar to a toy store, don’t tell Aric Klar.

Klar co-owns Quality Roots with his father, Mark, and brothers, John and Michael. They opened their first store in Battle Creek in the spring, just as the coronavirus was taking hold in Michigan. Now they are set to open their second location, in Hamtramck, on Monday and hope to open a third shop this spring in Berkley.

Klar, 31, also aims to break ground on a 55,000-square-foot retail, cultivation and processing facility late this year in Westland.

Klar is leaning on his background in retail. He and his mother, Nori, established Toyology Toys in 2011, which now has locations in Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills and West Bloomfield. A Rochester Hills location closed earlier this year due to the pandemic, Klar said.

The Klar family also has a background in pharmacy. Mark and Nori Klar were part owners of Farmington-based Sav-Mor drugstores before selling them to Walgreens in 2014.

“While (Quality Roots) is a recreational marijuana retailer, we’re still taking a medical approach focused on patient protection and service,” Aric Klar said. “I grew up in the world of regulation and compliance. Tying that family history into this business will make a big difference.”

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