Mark Hillier, chief operating officer for Gage Cannabis Co., and his father, John Hillier, company president, stand in front of the former Mango Grill in
Mark Hillier, chief operating officer for Gage Cannabis Co., and his father, John Hillier, company president, stand in front of the former Mango Grill in Ayer that they are converting for their business. They will be holding a job fair in Fitchburg to fill new positions. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / JOHN LOVE 

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By Mina Corpuz

mcorpuz@sentinel andenterprise.com

FITCHBURG -- Ayer-based medical-marijuana dispensary Central Ave. Compassionate Care Inc. will hold a job fair in the city next Wednesday to hire associates, kitchen staff, and security for its cultivation center and a proposed retail shop.

Applicants who are 21 or older can bring their resumes and cover letters to the library on between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the job fair. Applications will be available there.

"Across the board, we're looking for people with a good attitude, strong work ethic, and a passion for working in the cannabis industry," said Mark Hillier, chief operating officer of Central Ave Compassionate Care Inc., which has operated in Ayer since 2015.

The retail shop, Gage Cannabis Co., is expected to open at 38 Littleton Road in the spring. He said the goal is to hire and train staff to be ready for when sales begin.

It has already received a provisional license from the state Cannabis Control Commission, which is overseeing the state's recreational marijuana industry.