Outlet stores

Smoker Friendly acquires Tobacco Road factory outlets

BOULDER, Colo .– The Smoker Friendly brand is coming to other stores in North Carolina.

The Cigarette Store Corp. (TCSC) dba Smoker Friendly has acquired 22 Tobacco Road Outlet (TRO) stores in North Carolina. The company plans to rename TRO locations as Smoker Friendly and immediately introduce the Smoker Friendly brand of tobacco products to stores.

“These stores provide a great opportunity to expand our corporate store footprint with our existing corporate stores in the Mountain States and Florida,” said Terry Gallagher Jr, president of TCSC / Smoker Friendly. Our portfolio. “

Smoker Friendly has said it will keep TRO employees at all 22 locations as the owners of the TRO chain prepare to exit the tobacco retail business.

“Rex and Andy Whitaker and their team did a great job building the business and operating tobacco stores in North Carolina and we are proud that the Whitakers turned to Smoker Friendly as their acquirer when they were ready to leave. the company, ”added Gallagher.

The acquisition is a step in Smoker Friendly’s strategy to increase its presence in the North Carolina retail tobacco market.

The deal follows Smoker Friendly’s OK for the Smoker’s Outlet chain of 33 stores in Missouri last November, Convenience store news Previously reported.

TCSC, based in Boulder, is the largest licensee of Smoker Friendly International and operates 157 tobacco retail outlets with a mix of tobacco stores, cigar rooms, liquor stores and gas stations. under the Smoker Friendly, Tobacco Depot, paylesscigarsandpipes.com and Gasamat banners in eight states. .

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