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August 2, 2022

Eliot-based cannabis company opening third adult-use store, in Bridgton

Courtesy / Sweet Dirt Sweet Dirt will open its third adult-use cannabis store in Bridgton on Friday.

Sweet Dirt, an Eliot-based cannabis company that retails its recreational products in Portland and Waterville, is opening a third store, in Bridgton, on Friday.

The 2,500-square-foot shop at 1 Beaver Creek Farm Road will feature a mix of Maine-grown and Maine-made products including flower, pre-rolls, edibles, concentrates, hemp, CBD and ancillary items, the company said in a news release.

Sweet Dirt said it has hired more than two dozen employees to support the new location including 12 retail workers in the Bridgton area and others at the company's nine-acre campus in Eliot.

The Bridgton branch will offer Sweet Dirt’s own brands and organically grown cannabis, certified “clean” by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Sweet Dirt is one of only 19 cannabis producers in the state to have earned the certification, according to the company’s website.

"With summer in full swing, we are thrilled to be opening our Bridgton location and eager to become part of the Bridgton community,” said CEO Jim Henry. "Bridgton — with its abundance of natural beauty, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, and appreciation for the arts — is an ideal location to introduce our Sweet Dirt retail model and in-house brands to Mainers and visitors alike."

Launched in 2015, Sweet Dirt’s Eliot base includes a 33,000-square-foot greenhouse. The Portland store opened last year.

Sweet Dirt Bridgton will be open daily, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., for adults age 21 or older. The Greater Bridgton Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the store on Thursday at 10 a.m.

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