A tobacco shop, also known as a pipe shop or a smoke shop, a cigarette shop or a cigar shop, is an establishment where tobacco products are sold, either for consumption, to be smoked or as a source of revenue. The term “smoking shop” is sometimes used to describe a store that sells tobacco related accessories and paraphernalia, including pipes, lighters, pipes cleaners, match holders and pipe tampers, to be smoked. It is also possible for a shop to offer both smoking and non-smoking merchandise. The most common products sold in a retail tobacco shop include cigarettes and cigarette accessories like lighters, ashtrays, cigarettes and cigar cases. Other products are sold as well, but they are less popular.
The most important aspect of a retail tobacco shop is its location. A smoke shop should be located in areas that have smokers and non-smokers, in close proximity to one another. If it is in a place that attracts a lot of people (like the mall), then chances are that many will be visiting the shop every day to purchase tobacco. In this case, the shop should be located in a high traffic place, preferably near a department store or shopping complex. This will make it easier for customers to find the tobacco that they want, at a price they can afford.
Another aspect of a smoker-friendly shop is its signage. When selling tobacco related products, the shop should clearly display the name of the store, a logo or a picture of the shop with a cigarette dangling from its lips. If the shop is not a big chain, then it might not need to display any branding at all, but if it has just opened and needs some publicity, then a small sign about the shop and its services will be sufficient.
In addition to being convenient and visible, the shop should also be comfortable for the customer. A smoker-friendly shop should have enough furniture and fixtures to accommodate all kinds of customers. Customers should feel safe when entering the store. They should be able to walk around freely, interact with the staff and see products that they can buy easily.
The tobacco should be displayed properly so that the client can smell it as well. Store staff should make sure that each pack of cigarettes is correctly packed. and that they are appropriately labeled, so that customers do not get confused while trying to purchase them.
The overall look of a retail tobacco shop is also important. It should be clean and organized, but not cluttered and crowded, with plenty of shelves for displaying items.