Main St. in El Segundo is about to go up in smoke. Cigar smoke that is as the City gets set to welcome Cigar & More to the spot that used to house a stationery shop on the main drag.
“I am not sure exactly when they are going to open,” said a man putting signage on the front window. But it should be soon because they have the signs up. They are already doing the ventilation system and filters inside.”
The store is yet another example of the changing face of El Segundo. As hipper and trendier businesses are finding their way to town, the once quiet enclave is now in a transition phase.
As the city chases businesses and tech crowd, those people expect nicer and exciting places. A good example of this can be found in the wave of food and drink establishments that have popped up in the past couple of years.
With the cigars moving in, the Hollymain Liquor store across the street will be keeping a keen eye on business. Hollymain features a walk-in humidor and has sold cigars for a number of years. Are they afraid that the new venture will take away from their business?
“I guess it all depends how expensive they are,” said Jesse who was on duty at the cash register. “We will have to wait and see. We can always adjust our prices. It just depends if they are going to go into the lower market or not? Maybe they will just go after the upscale stuff.”
The cigar business has had a turn around over the past few years. According to reports, the United States imported 330 million cigars in 2017. The bulk of those came from Nicaragua. This was up from 322 million in 2016.