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Gasamat Oil (Smoker Friendly)

Headquarters:Boulder, Colo.
No. of Stores:86
Avg. Store Size:1,000-2,500 sq. ft.
States of Operation:Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, Wyoming

Smoker Friendly is a full-line tobacco retailer. The Cigarette Store Corp., dba Smoker Friendly, directly owns and operates 86 stores, which includes 20 Gasamat convenience stores that offer fuel.

Smoker Friendly has been in business for more than two decades, and in the past 10 years it transitioned to become a full-line tobacconist, targeting premium cigar enthusiasts as well as cigarette smokers and consumers of other tobacco products. Several stores have smoking lounges, with areas for premium cigars and a second lounge for cigarette consumers. A store in suburban Denver became the model for future Smoker Friendly store lounges, with a walk-in humidor in the back, and a front-of-the-store lounge geared more toward an eclectic, younger crowd with cigarettes, RYP/MYO and hookahs.

Since 1995, the Colorado-based chain has been actively lobbying against raising tobacco taxes and is committed to doing all it can to defend the rights of tobacco consumers.

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