Whether you run a smoke shop or a convenience store, having a proper selection of tobacco products is essential. This is especially true for cigars — where you’ll really need to think twice about your inventory depending on several important factors. So, how does one go about choosing the right cigar options for retail?
Well, it all starts with choosing the right wholesale cigar distributors. Keep reading to learn more about curating the perfect cigar selection and what Atlantic Dominion has to offer.
Are People Really Still Buying Cigars?
The short answer here is yes, the art of smoking cigars is still very much alive and well. In fact, a whopping 8.7 million US adults admittedly enjoy smoking cigars. Of course, this includes your traditionally large stogies as well as the smaller cigarillos, which tend to be more popular among youth populations.
There is a universal belief that cigars are an embodiment of the “perfect way to relax.” When you think about it, a cigar takes time to smoke due to its size and its associated process of inspecting, smelling, tasting, and holding it in your fingers. Therefore, the act of smoking a cigar is a way to unwind and slow down for a little while.
There’s also the camaraderie of enjoying a cigar along with others in celebration during or after an event. You could say that it’s similar to the way people thoroughly enjoy wine from uncorking to sharing with close friends over passionate conversation and the retelling of old stories until the last sip is gone.
How to Choose the Right Cigar Products For Your Store
Product selection is key when it comes to stocking your shelves with cigars and other tobacco products. As mentioned earlier, there are several factors that come into play when choosing what to sell.
These factors include:
- The type of store you’re running
- The type of customers that come to your store
- Your store’s location
- What your wholesale tobacco products distributor can offer you
- The most sought-after cigar brands in your area
It goes without saying that if you run a smoke shop, you’ll want a carefully curating selection of tried and true legacy brands. You’ll also want to throw in a few of the more unique brands while offering a healthy variety that’ll attract all kinds of cigar smokers.
However, if you run a convenience store, you’ll want to put a little more thought into what you’ll offer. Convenience stores aren’t exactly a car-buying destination, which means you’ll be marketing your cigar selection to the casual tobacco user.
Your inventory should reflect this, which means you should stick with the cigars and cigarillos that have strong brand recognition. For example, Macanudo, Gloria Cubana, Punch, and so on. If your convenience store is within close proximity of a liquor store, however, you may want to add a few more premium items to your retail roster.
Choosing the right cigar products for your store may take some trial and error. It’s best to do a little market research to see what the hot sellers are and how sales fluctuate over time before adding new cigar brands to your shelves.
What You Can Expect From Your Wholesale Cigar Distributors
Once again, your wholesale cigar distributors will determine what brands you sell in your store. Here at Atlantic Dominion Distributors, we continue to sweep our wholesale tobacco competitors with our extensive offerings.
This is because Atlantic Dominion began as a cigar manufacturing company — one that single-handedly supplied premium-quality hand-rolled cigars to local retail stores. Now we have the largest selection of tobacco products compared to anyone else in the United States, offering well over 750 cigar items from manufacturers including
- John Middleton Company
- Swedish Match
- Swisher Cigar
- Cheyenne International
- Black & Mild
- Dutch Master
- White Owl
- Swisher Sweets
- Cheyenne filtered cigars
We understand regular cigar smokers as well as non-smokers who partake in times of celebration. We can easily supply your store with high-demand cigar brands with our next-day service offerings as well. This way, you won’t have to worry about the freshness of your inventory or have to figure out a storage space for excess inventory.
We can also provide you with some insight into our market research regarding our best-selling cigar items to help you choose the right selection for your store. Get in touch with our tobacco sales manager today to learn more about our offerings and delivery options!