The Open Dør was created to remove the complexity from cannabis for dispensary operators and for consumers. The cannabis industry is poised for national expansion and increasing consumer buying power. Our team is committed to supporting our franchisees with the most up-to-date operation compliance regulations available and to improving the overall consumer experience.
the complexity of the cannabis industry.
Consumers should have confidence in their purchase
Ongoing training for our team members benefits our customers
We succeed when our Franchisees are successful
Cannabis should be regulated for safety
Our team is the trifecta for cannabis, real estate, and franchise expertise. With over 30 years in the franchise industry operating over 3,000 locations worldwide, 10 years in the cannabis industry writing 7 winning license applications while successfully opening 30 dispensaries, and 10 years in the real estate and sustainability industry our team is built with knowledge and professionalism you won’t find anywhere else.
Kathryn Blackwell is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Open Dør, a national cannabis retail franchise headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. With over three decades of experience in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) sector, Kathryn has built a successful reputation for elevating brands through effective e-commerce development, product innovation, and strategic communications. Her background in the franchised consumer food industry provided a strong foundation for her transition into the cannabis space. Since establishing The Open Dør in 2020, Kathryn has integrated proven franchise strategies and merchandising practices into the dispensary brand to deliver a modern aesthetic and transform the consumer experience. Prior to entering the cannabis market, Kathryn co-founded international franchisor Kahala Corp, which owned more than 12 brands, among them Cold Stone Creamery, TacoTime, Samurai Sam’s, and others, with more than 3,500 locations operating in 23 countries.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Chelsea Mulligan is the Co-Founder and COO of national cannabis retail franchise The Open Dør. Since 2013, she has forged an extensive industry resume at the executive level, specializing in operational compliance and quality management for cannabis businesses. Chelsea has brought over 30 dispensaries to market throughout the U.S. and composed multiple winning license applications. Chelsea’s intuitive understanding of the cannabis business environment, complex regulatory framework, and emerging retail trends led her to co-establish The Open Dør in 2020, with headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. Chelsea heads operations and strategy, implementing best-of-industry processes, compliance, and standards to create the ultimate dispensary retail model. Prior to The Open Dør, Chelsea was instrumental in evolving cannabis policy on an international, federal, and state level.
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Bryan McLaren serves as strategic advisor at The Open Dør, a national cannabis retail franchise headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has accrued over a decade of experience in social, economic, and environmental development of complex business organizations with a focus on sustainability in emerging industries. In addition to his role at The Open Dør, Bryan also serves as Chairman and CEO of Zoned Properties, a real estate development firm for the legal cannabis industry. As a certified and licensed realtor, Green Roof Professional, LEED Green Associate, and former City Sustainability Commissioner, Bryan provides compliant real estate, zoning, permitting, and operational expertise to The Open Dør franchise. Bryan has navigated state regulatory programs as an advisor in over ten cannabis markets for over 100 development projects.