Rocky Mountain High Takes Over RiverRock Dispensaries in Denver

Top of the Rocky Mountains took over RiverRock‘s at 990 West Sixth Avenue and 4935 York Street in March, according to the state Marijuana Enforcement Division recordings, creating a chain of eight slots.

The two former RiverRock stores still bear the RiverRock name on the exterior, although the Sixth Avenue location also has a banner announcing new management, and the interiors of both locations have been converted to Rocky Mountain retail spaces High.

Sixth Avenue store manager Tom Wood said there would be a big reopening party there, but no celebrations are planned for York Street. Customer traffic in this north Denver industrial area isn’t heavy enough to keep the York Street store open, Wood says, and Rocky Mountain High would like to move it to south Denver or Glendale, near South Colorado Boulevard.

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The dispensary at 990 West Sixth Avenue will remain, but may have different branding.

Thomas Mitchell

A cultivation operation attached to this store and a final crop of RiverRock came with the agreement, and there will be significant agreements at the York Street location, now called RiverRock by Rocky Mountain High, while it is still open.

“Until the move, we have some of the best hidden prices in Denver,” adds Wood.

Rocky Mountain High was founded in 2009 as a medical marijuana dispensary before adding and acquiring other stores in the Denver area, as well as Durango and Montrose. The ownership group also has dispensaries in Delaware and New Jersey.

RiverRock was also founded in Denver in 2009 as a medical marijuana operation, by Norton Arbelaez and John Kocer, before moving into recreational sales. The company was featured in various media reports during Colorado’s early retail years and made national headlines in 2016 for the signing of Wiz Khalifa to a marijuana endorsement deal. Neither Arbelaez nor Kocer could be reached for comment on the sale.

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