Cigars International Adds San Antonio, Texas Superstore
My own great state of Texas is getting an early Christmas present: a third cigar mega-store from the folks at Cigars International. The cherry on top is that the new shop is opening right here in my own backyard of San Antonio, nary 25 minutes away. Cigars International broke ground on the first two Texas stores beginning in 2018, serving both Dallas (The Colony) and Fort Worth metroplexes. Like its two siblings, the San Antonio location will offer up an armload of perks that only CI can deliver…oodles of square footage, a cavernous walk-in humidor, indoor and outdoor bars and a cushy lounge. As you can see from the images, construction is still underway and the new digs are expected to open this Spring.
Cigars international (CI) began as a private US company which was bought out by Swedish Match in 2007. Their acquisition of tobacco behemoths, General Cigar and Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG), gave Swedish Match over 30% control of the US Cigar market. Their subsequent need for a large US sales channel brought them to the door of Bath, Pennsylvania-based, Cigars International. As of 2014, CI now falls under the STG umbrella, which was spun off to manage the premium cigar and pipe tobacco business.
CI is the largest tobacco catalog retailer in the US offering popular STG-owned premium brands like Macanudo, La Gloria Cubana, Cohiba, CAO and Partagas in addition to their successful house blends portfolio. What many of the cigar faithful don’t know is that CI also operates 3 brick and mortar superstores in Pennsylvania, one of only 2 US states (the other is Florida) that do not tax tobacco products.
The cigar superstore approach featuring large, stuffed humidors, full service bars and state-of-the art lounges is not new. Offering over a dozen stores throughout the US, Casa de Montecristo (CdM) premium outlets also touts a VIP experience to cigar smokers. Interestingly, CdM is operated by Tabacalera USA who also manages one of CIs largest competitors, JR Cigars. Tabacalera USA and JR Cigars are companies owned by British-based Imperial Brands. Rocky Patel has also jumped into the fray introducing his own branded lounges, Burn by Rocky Patel.
The newest store is located in North Central San Antonio at the intersection of Loop 1604 and IH 10 West. Store and bar operations will be Monday – Sunday. Physical address of the store is:
5630 Landmark Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78249