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STG, Parent of Cigars International, Confirms Two Texas Stores for 2018

Scandinavian Tobacco Group announced its Q3 financial results and more importantly for those in Texas confirmed it was opening two new retail stores in the state next year.

Update: A lot more information can be found here.

The company has not confirmed much, including the specific location or whether it will use the Cigars International name, but it did say it would build two new stores, investing up to $7 million total to do so.

Multiple sources told halfwheel the company plans to build one in The Colony, a far north Dallas suburb.

“As part of the strategy for growing our handmade business, I am happy to announce the planned opening in 2018 of two retail stores in Texas, US,” said Niels Frederiksen, ceo of STG, in the quarterly report. “These retail stores will complement our online business and provide consumers with both a great shopping and smoking experience.”

STG said it will invest $1 million in Q4 2017 and the first store is planned to open in mid-2018.

Cigars International is largely known for its catalog and website, but it operates three retail locations of various concepts in Pennsylvania. Its newest and largest store, in Hamburg, is a two-store location with a bar, a stark contrast to the downtown Bethlehem store which is similar to a very well-stocked traditional tobacconist.

In addition to the Cigars International, STG also operates the Cigar.com, pipesandcigars.com and Cigar Bid brands in the U.S., three online and catalog retail brands.

STG also has a variety of other retail storefronts around the world, though there is only one non-Cigars International location in the U.S.: Club Macanudo, an upscale cigar bar and restaurant in Manhattan.

Texas will become the only state outside of New York where Imperial Brands, plc (Altadis/JR Cigar), Oettinger Davidoff AG and STG all have company-owned retail stores.

Charlie Minato: I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.

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  • This is awesome. To all industry folks, COME TO TEXAS and other free states. We are low tax, low regulation, business friendly, cigar friendly, and freedom friendly state. Cross the iron blue curtain into free America.

    • For real and the Colony and Houston are money areas. I remember at my old job our top grossing stores in the country were Colony and Galleria.

      • in DFW they could open them in several places...Southlake, West Fort Worth, Mansfield, Highland Park,,,they'd all probably do well and not cannibalize. Cigars everywhere here

          • No problem with the "free market" but they are the Walmarts of cigar shops, and besides some core lines, welcome to second rate shit! Brick and Mortar shops can't compete with some of their shit stick prices. You sure seem excited! Do you not visit the shops already in the areas you listed?

          • If you don't like their products or services, don't go there. The reality is, though, compete or perish. That all said, I have no plans to abandoned my rotation of stores, all single location companies, provided they continue to provide a good experience for the money. If not, I'll look elsewhere. The more options consumers have, the better it is for all of us. This is the beauty of the free market. Compete and the consumer wins.

  • Have a good question Comrades I've been a member of halfwheel for about 8yrs and can't find any insight on how to Find and auction links to list a few Boxes of Gran Reserva so if anyone can't give me a few words?

    • We don't have cigar auctions on halfwheel; there are a number of message boards or Facebook groups that may be a better fit.

      • Thank you, Sir Patrick for answering back Without harsh words Been a big fan of half wheel I know it's not at an auction site it's more of an educational site which is awesome but I got kicked off of Facebook for asking question and they accuse me of trying to sell tobacco when all I did was ask a question from a group so I figure I'll go to a safer place that I've been on for over 8 years and that's half wheel and just ask around but still no such sites in the US So with that being said Sir Patrick at thank you once again for your quick response and you and your family have a good Thanksgiving a good Christmas and a safe New Year's