Thompson’s Cigars will close their Tampa location and lay off more than 100 employees

The news follows the company's acquisition.

click to enlarge Thompson’s Cigars will close their Tampa location and lay off more than 100 employees
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Following one of Tampa Bay’s largest mergers in 2018, Thompson’s Cigars, the oldest mail-order cigar company in the country, will close its Tampa location and lay off more than a hundred employees.

The announcement was made in a state-mandated Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Notice from March 22, and will impact 112 workers, mostly warehouse employees, starting June 29 through Dec. 31.

A spokesperson with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity told the Tampa Bay Business Journal that the layoffs are due to last year’s $62 million acquisition of the company by Denmark-based Scandinavian Tobacco Group, who plans to integrate the Tampa warehouse operation with their Pennsylvania location.

Employees will not be allowed to transfer.

Originally located in Key West, Thompson's was founded in 1915, says their site. 

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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