The Cigarette Store Corp. (TCSC) d.b.a. Smoker Friendly has acquired the 22 Tobacco Road Outlet (TRO) stores, based in North Carolina. The stores will be rebranded as Smoker Friendly and will immediately be receiving the Smoker Friendly brand family of tobacco products at its stores.
“These stores provide a great opportunity to expand our corporate store footprint with our existing company stores in the mountain states and Florida,” says Terry Gallagher Jr., TCSC/Smoker Friendly President. “We are very excited about bringing these stores and their great team into our portfolio.”
Smoker Friendly will operate these stores with the same dedication to customer service and product selections it previously provided. The Tobacco Road Outlet team of employees will also be maintained, according to the press release from Smoker Friendly. The company is using this acquisition to expand its footprint in the North Carolina tobacco market.
“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,” Gallagher added.
The Cigarette Store Corp. is the largest licensee of Smoker Friendly International and operates 157 retail tobacco outlets with a mix of tobacco stores, cigar lounges, liquor stores and gas stations. The company owns and operates Smoker Friendly, Tobacco Depot, PaylessCigarsAndPipes.com and Gasamat in eight different states.
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