The Cigarette Store Corporation, the parent company of Smoker Friendly, has acquired Tobacco Road Outlet, a North Carolina-based chain of 22 stores.

As part of the acquisition, the stores will now be rebranded as Smoker Friendly Stores.

“These stores provide a great opportunity to expand our corporate store footprint with our existing company stores in the mountain states and Florida,” said Terry Gallagher Jr, president of Smoker Friendly/The Cigarette Store Corporation, in a press release. “We are very excited about bringing these stores and their great team into our portfolio. Rex and Andy Whitaker and their team did a great job building the company and operating tobacco stores in North Carolina and we are proud the Whitakers looked to Smoker Friendly as the acquirer when they were ready to exit the business.”

In addition to Smoker Friendly, The Cigarette Store Corp. also operates Gasamat stores,, Tobacco Depot and the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival.

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