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Amoeba Music wants to sell records — plus weed — in Hollywood

The iconic music store is looking at three nearby options
June 19, 2018 08:00AM

Amoeba co-founders Marc Weinstein & David Prinz and the Sunset Blvd location (Credit: Amoeba)

Amoeba Music, known for its wide-ranging music products and frequent artist signings, has narrowed down the search for its next location. But a different address isn’t the only whiff of change customers might notice from the new spot.

Co-owners Marc Weinstein and Dave Prinz said they plan on acquiring a marijuana dispensary permit for the new store, Variety reported. Customers 21 years or older would be able to purchase weed for recreational use.

The owners are exploring three nearby properties, each around 20,000 square feet and located “within blocks” of the store’s existing spot at 6200 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. The new location is expected to be roughly 15 percent smaller than the current spot.

The company’s recent venture into recreational marijuana follows a similar move from its Berkeley branch up the coast in Northern California. That location started selling weed on May 10 from Hi-Fidelity, an environmentally friendly boutique dispensary next door.

Weinstein and Prinz sold the Hollywood store to Brentwood-based developer GPI Companies for $34 million in 2015. They’ve been leasing the space back ever since, and are expected to move out early next year.

GPI is planning a 28-story residential complex in its place. The 231,000-square-foot project would include 232 apartment units, as well as 7,000 square feet of commercial space. [Variety] — Natalie Hoberman