I'm not terribly surprised. I think we're definitely going to see some more of this, though I'm not sure who else will buy who.
Seems like I heard this was going to happen. Maybe Cigar Authority podcast?
Nothing surprises me any longer. Anheiser-Busch/Inbev bought Northern Brewer/Midwest Supplies, the largest online homebrew seller. Pepsico bought Kevita, a Kombucha maker. Anything is fair game.
I think maybe Cigar Federation Store will be bought by Altadis. Just a guess.
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I'm surprised this has taken this long, actually. I remember when JR bought Cigar Inn I figured it was only a matter of time before this became pretty prevalent.
I imagine all of the General/Altadis-like companies start gobbling up the rest. Any major cigar chain that isn't currently owned by them will be eventually. Who else is major, but not currently owned?
I had originally listed them in my post, but I ended up deleting them. They'd be one I'd watch.
I think Smoke Inn would go with Davidoff. I seem to remember a pretty good connection being there already.
Smoke Inn Boynton Beach is already affiliated as a "Casa de Montecristo" lounge. It's not owned by Tabacalera USA, but it is branded as such and falls under the lounge program (i.e. they get the lounge cigars, etc). It's similar to the arrangement to the place in Chicago.