The Lone Star State is about to get its third, massive Cigars International store, this time, in San Antonio. According to parent company Scandinavian Tobacco Group, the store will span 7,197 square feet of interior space with an additional 1,500 square-foot patio for outdoor smoking. The grand opening is scheduled for May 14.
So why does Texas need another superstore like this? Sarah Santos, STG’s senior vice president, puts it plainly: “San Antonio and the San Antonio-Austin corridor is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, with a trajectory that is predicted to continue over the next few decades. San Antonio’s highly-regarded economic development programs are driving the current influx of technology and electric automakers to the area which is adding to the stellar customer base that’s already in market.”
Construction began in October of last year, and like other Cigars International retail locations, the upcoming store is designed to resemble the tobacco barns found in the Northeast with high, timber-trussed ceilings. Amenities will include a full-service bar and lounge, private events space, lounge seating, WiFi, proper ventilation and more than 800 different cigar brands. But this particular location will differ from other Cigars International superstores. According to STG, a concierge at the entrance will be there to greet customers as they walk in. And a large communal table will be central to the layout, allowing for more seating and easier conversation between patrons.
In June of last year, STG announced a large-scale warehouse expansion for Cigars International, which is also the largest online retailer of premium cigars in the world.
This represents not only the third Cigars International retail store in Texas, but the eighth in the U.S. There are three in Pennsylvania and two more in Florida. It’s located in The Landmark at 5630 Landmark Parkway in San Antonio’s outer loop.
This newest store is one of six to eight new Cigars International locations STG plans to open “in the next two to three years,” according to its most recent annual report, at a cost of $4 million to $7 million per store.