Thompson Cigar

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Thompson Cigar
Type Private
Industry Retail
Founded 1915
Headquarters 5401 Hangar Court. Tampa, FL 33634
Number of locations 1
Products Cigars & Cigar Accessories
Employees 225
Parent Thompson and Company of Tampa, Inc.

Thompson Cigar Company is a cigar and cigar accessories retailer located in Tampa, Florida. Thompson Cigar is the oldest mail order cigar company in the United States.[1] Originally located in Key West, Florida, Thompson Cigar first opened in 1915. In 1920, Thompson Cigar made the decision to move its operations to Tampa, Florida, where they still hold Postal Permit #1.[2]

Thompson Cigar's Factory located in Florida

Incorporation and growth[edit]

Robert Franzblau, the present owner of Thompson & Co. of Tampa, Inc, purchased Thompson Cigar in 1960. Expansion led Franzblau to permanently establish corporate headquarters at 5401 Hangar Court, Tampa, Florida 33634. Today, Thompson Cigar runs the single largest inventory storage humidor in the United States, totaling over 300,000 cubic feet (8,500 m3).[2] Thompson Cigar distributes private label cigars, national cigar brands, boutique cigars, humidors, and smoking accessories.[3]

Recent initiatives[edit]

Thompson Cigar recently announced the donation of over 300,000 cigars to American troops since 2002.[1] Troops who received cigars include those in combat areas of Afghanistan and Iraq, plus Korea, the Horn of Africa and three Navy aircraft carrier battle groups.[4]

In January 2009, Thompson Cigar took another initiative to expand their online business. Doing so incorporated Fry, “a multi-site e-commerce solution for Thompson Cigar's Brands.” Fry is an “e-commerce solution that provides retailers with a feature-rich, scalable online store. As with all sites on the Fry OCP platform, Thompson Cigar sites feature robust content management and flexible promotional tools, targeted merchandising capability which clearly now includes spam, and refined search.”[5]

Operating divisions[edit]

Thompson Cigar was affiliated with Thompson Group Inc., which was listed #73 on the 2004 Catalog Age top 100 list.[6] Thompson Group was a multi-channel merchant that included Thompson Cigar, Café Belmondo (sold 2008), Casual Living USA (sold 2010), and Linen Source (sold 2010).[5] The company does business in three different catalog and online formats: tobacco, general merchandise, and membership cigar club.

Customer base[edit]

Thompson Cigar has over 600,000 active customers nationwide. On average 167,800 people visit their website monthly. Thompson Cigar caters to a 69%, more affluent, male demographic.[7]

Thompson Cigar Outlet Store[edit]

Thompson Cigar runs and operates one outlet store located in Tampa, Florida. Located at their headquarters resides the cigar outlet open to the public six days a week.

Thompson Retail Websites[edit]

Thompson & Company of Tampa Inc. owns and operates three retail websites,,, and one auction site, is the premiere site that launched in 1999. supports the Thompson Cigar mail order catalog, established in 1915 and the oldest Mail Order cigar company. offers thousands of cigars from the World's most popular manufacturers. is Thompson & Company's official cigar accessory site. is powered by so all emails, invoices and orders are shipped by


Thompson and Company of Tampa is governed privately by owners Robert Franzblau, Alix Franzblau, and Charles Franzblau. Upper management includes Steve Cobden, Chief Marketing Officer and Colm Conway, Chief Financial Officer.

Private label brands[edit]

  • Bagatelle
  • Barlovento
  • Belmondo
  • Biarritz
  • Bohio
  • Chavon
  • Chopper
  • Cosechero
  • Diego Deo Campo
  • Dolce Vita
  • Dona Ines
  • Don Augusto
  • Don Chu Chu
  • Don Lugo
  • Don Osvaldo
  • El Artista Bamino
  • Elartistafumas
  • Elite Series
  • Empresario
  • Empress of Cuba
  • Eros
  • Ferdinand and Isabella
  • Flor de Dominguez
  • Flor de Filipinas
  • Flor de Jalapa
  • Jose Girbes
  • Golden Class
  • Iguana
  • La Bamba
  • La Condesa
  • La Paloma
  • La Paloma Limited Edition
  • Leprechaun
  • Manolete
  • Miraflor
  • Navarro
  • Nimbus
  • Papayo
  • Paso Doble
  • Rancho Dominicano
  • R.G. Santiago
  • Roughneck
  • Scoundrels
  • Sonador
  • St. George
  • Timbuctoo
  • Toro Toro
  • Tusker
  • VSOP


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Thompson Cigar Announces Donation of Over 300,000 Cigars to American Troops. Published by on May 21, 2008. Accessed on June 3, 2008.
  2. ^ a b The Thompson Group. Employee Handbook. Brochure. Tampa: Author, 2006. Published by Thompson & Co. of Tampa, Inc on May 18, 2006. Accessed on June 2, 2009.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Support Our Troops | Our Troops Online | Send Items to U.S. Troops Stationed Overseas | Help With Postage Costs Always Needed | {title}". Our Troops Online. 2004-09-11. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  5. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  6. ^ "2004 Catalog Age 100". Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  7. ^ " Traffic and Demographic Statistics by Quantcast". 2012-11-23. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  8. ^ "Trademarks Home". 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2012-08-08.