Thompson Cigar

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Thompson Cigar
Private
Industry Retail
Founded 1915
Headquarters 5401 Hangar Court. Tampa, FL 33634
Number of locations
1
Products Cigars & Cigar Accessories
Owners Robert Franzblau, Charles Franzblau, Alix Franzblau
Number of employees
225
Parent Thompson and Company of Tampa, Inc.
Website http://www.thompsoncigar.com

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, after hurricanes decimated most of the cigar factories in Key West, original owner M.A. Thompson moved his factory to Ybor City, located in Tampa, Florida, known as "Cigar Capital of the World." Thompson acquired Postal Permit #1 in the city of Tampa, which it still holds today. In 1934, M.A. Thompson moved his factory to Bartow, Florida where it would remain until 1960.[2]

Thompson Cigar Company

Incorporation and growth[edit]

In 1960, Thompson Cigar Company was sold to Robert Franzblau. Franzblau relocated cigar production to local Tampa factories such as M & N Cigars and Gradiaz-Annis, which would make cigars under the Thompson brand. Both Stanford Newman and Morton Annis would serve as Franzblau’s mentors for many years. Newman bought Cuesta-Rey and Annis owned Gold Label and Macanudo, which he eventually sold to General Cigar Company. 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]

Initiatives[edit]

In 2008, Thompson Cigar became a sponsor for Cigars & Guitars, The Tampa History Museum, Thanks Troops Golf Tournament, Southeastern Guides Dogs & Paws for Patriots. Also in 2008, Thompson Cigar announced the donation of over 300,000 cigars to American troops.[1] Troops who received cigars included those in combat areas of Afghanistan and Iraq, plus Korea, the Horn of Africa and three Navy aircraft carrier battle groups.[4] As of January 2015, Thompson Cigar had donated over a million cigars to American troops.

Operating divisions[edit]

Thompson Cigar was affiliated with Thompson Group Inc., which was listed #73 on the 2004 Catalog Age top 100 list.[5] 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).[6] 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 its 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 the company's headquarters, the cigar outlet is open to the public six days a week.

Thompson Retail Websites[edit]

Thompson & Company of Tampa Inc. owns and operates two retail websites, Thompsoncigar.com and one auction site, Thompsoncigarauctions.com.

Thompsoncigar.com is the premiere site that was launched in 1999. Thompsoncigar.com supports the Thompson Cigar mail order catalog, established in 1915 and the oldest Mail Order cigar company. Thompsoncigar.com offers thousands of cigars from the World's most popular manufacturers.

Governance[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thompson Cigar Announces Donation of Over 300,000 Cigars to American Troops. Published by Forbes.com 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. ^ "2004 Catalog Age 100" (PDF). Multichannelmerchant.com. Retrieved 2012-11-27. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ [2] Archived October 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Thompsoncigar.com Traffic and Demographic Statistics by Quantcast". Quantcast.com. 2012-11-23. Retrieved 2012-11-27.