The Wheaton, Illinois, based company NuEra Cannabis opened the first dispensary in Pekin on Friday.

NuEra Principal Officer Keith McGinnis is anticipating a busy weekend for the new adult-use dispensary, noting that it opens at a time when cannabis sales throughout the United States seem to be on the rise.

As an example of its potential benefit to Pekin’s business community, he pointed out that when NuEra opened its East Peoria medical dispensary in 2016, the Riverside Center where it was located was largely vacant. Five years later, new businesses and a steady flow of patrons have come to the shopping center, and new sales tax revenue has come to the city of East Peoria. McGinnis believes that NuEra’s presence can achieve the same result for Court Street and the city of Pekin.