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An Interview with Ernesto Perez-Carrillo

Owner, El Credito Cigar Co., makers of La Gloria Cubana, La Hoja Selecta, El Rico Habano and Dos Gonzales cigars.
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
James Woods, May/Jun 97

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Carrillo: It has changed dramatically. It's not easy. As a matter of fact, I'm going to start looking for a building just to handle the cigars from the Dominican Republic. And our shop on 8th Street has gone to a point where we can't handle all the volume.

CA: From that store, do you only sell the cigars made in Miami or do you also sell your Dominican cigars?

Carrillo: No. Right now from the Miami store, we only sell the cigars made in Miami. And that's the way we will keep it.

CA: The cigars you make in the Dominican Republic you're going to ship across the United States?

Carrillo: Correct.

CA: Will the cigars stop in Miami or will you sell directly to retailers all over the country?

Carrillo: They'll be distributed through Miami for the time being.

CA: So you don't have a warehouse there.

Carrillo: Not yet, but we're looking for a warehouse near the 8th Street location.

CA: Before you began production in the Dominican Republic, how many retailers in the United States carried La Gloria Cubana?

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