A cigar-smoker's paradise is about to open just off the main drag of Route 61 in Hamburg, conveniently located in the section of town that offers a retail hub for avid outdoorsmen.
Cigars International plans to open its doors on Nov. 1 in a new free-standing building adjacent to Cabela's, according to Craig Reynolds, president of Cigars International.
“We love Pennsylvania, and we picked a spot that has a growing customer demographic. Cabela's and Cigars International are closely aligned and have a similar customer base,” said Reynolds, citing the reason for the strategic move into Berks County. “Just like Cabela's is the hunter's candy store, Cigars International will be the candy store for those who enjoy a good cigar.”
Cigars International, a large retail store that hosts a feast of savory cigars, accessories, and specialty gifts, is expected to launch one of the largest cigar stores in the country this Fall, with a grand opening celebration that promises discounts and giveaways.
Deb Rice, events planning manager for Cigars International, said that the store will create at least 20 new jobs for the area. Lobar Associates, the general contractor of the project, is in the process of completing the interior of the new 8,000-square-foot location.
Cigars International has two other retail locations: one is in downtown Bethlehem at 535 Main Street, and the other is at Routes 22 and 191, Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem Township. In addition, the company's cigar products are available at the Wooden Match, a restaurant with a bar lounge on Lehigh Street in Bethlehem.
Reynolds said that the Berks County digs is the company's first venture outside of the Lehigh Valley.
“We expect to keep expanding our retail footprint,” said Reynolds.
Rice reported that rumors of Cigars International moving into Allentown near the hockey arena project are false. There no future plans to have a store in that part of the Lehigh Valley at this time.