The Cigarette Store Corp., doing business as Smoker Friendly, acquired Tobacco Road Outlet's 22 stores in February, bringing its store count to 157.
The chain, based in Carthage, N.C., will be rebranded as Smoker Friendly locations. In late 2019, Smoker Friendly also acquired Smoker's Outlet, a 33-store chain operating in Missouri.
The Cigarette Shop is the largest licensee of Smoker Friendly International and operates 157 retail tobacco outlets with a mix of tobacco stores, cigar lounges, liquor stores and gas stations under the Smoker Friendly, Tobacco Depot, paylesscigarsandpipes.com and Gasamat banners in eight states.
For benchmarking purposes, store counts are year-end 2019.
|No. of Stores:||135|
|Rank Last Year:||54|