BRITAIN’S first Apple-style Cannabis Oil store has opened its doors in Cirencester.
Goodbody Wellness proudly welcomed its first customers over the weekend to its Cirencester store and the reaction was 100 per cent positive.
Managing Director Chris Jones was overwhelmed by the public’s response. “It’s been amazing,” he said. “There is a real hunger for knowledge surrounding CBD products and the benefits that can be derived from using them.”
Goodbody Wellness, which stocks more than 50 CBD products, including drops, balms, bath bombs, a skincare range and even coffee, launched its first wellness store in Bath in June and it is expected that Clifton in Bristol will follow suit by the end of August.
The Somerset-based company is excited about plans to roll-out the chain nationwide – and they’re also encouraging entrepreneurs to get on board with a franchise store expansion model.
Chris, who has an impressive pedigree in retail management, explains: “Experts are sounding the death knell of the High Street up and down the country. But we have taken the decision to bring Goodbody Wellness back into the heartland of the community.” And it’s for that reason that Goodbody Wellness has opened up in Brewery Court, right in the centre of Cirencester’s shopping district.
Chris added: “There is phenomenal interest in CBD but people have told us that they are not comfortable buying products online. They don’t know what they are purchasing and say they can’t be sure about the quality and contents of the product. “In contrast, our fully-trained store staff are available to take customers by the hand and talk them through exactly what CBD is all about.
“We can’t and won’t make any magical, medical claims because we aren’t selling a medicine, but all of our products have been developed locally and fully tested by one of our sister companies, PhytoVista, a laboratory staffed by highly-trained scientists.”
Already an estimated 300,000 people in the UK are regularly using CBD to ease a number of health and wellbeing conditions.
Cannabis-derived products are gaining increasing recognition from the medical profession and a recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that CBD may help treat a multitude of symptoms, with more research being carried out across the world.
Crispin Blunt MP, who represents Reigate in Surrey and is a firm supporter of CBD, officially opened the Bath store.
Chris said: “Crispin’s a great supporter of the work we do and was very impressed. He very much liked the clarity of the message we are sending out to customers in three main categories – everything is traceable, tested and balanced.
“The general consensus was that the Cirencester and Bath stores and the implementation of our strategy will really help people understand more about CBD, as there is an enormous amount of interest from the general public, but also an understandable degree of confusion and suspicion.
“But we are determined to bring CBD to the market in a clear and concise manner and we are committed to demonstrating our range in store and answering any questions people might have about the products.
“The response has been fantastic. Customers thought the store design and layout was of real quality and radically different to anything else they had seen on the High Street. They were particularly
impressed with the variety and range of stock – and thought the CBD coffee was absolutely delicious!
“Everybody could see that we had gone to considerable expense to design a store that created a superb environment in which to shop, everything is clearly labelled, and all the staff are highly trained and knowledgeable about our products in a tranquil environment.”
Goodbody Wellness, Unit 3 The Exchange, Brewery Court, Cirencester, 01285 842617