The Tobacco Shoppe:

Tobacco ShoppeWant a pack of smokes for $1? The Tobacco Shoppe hopes to answer the call. The first of two new discount tobacco and smoking accessory shops is to open next week at 4428 S. Westnedge Ave.

The other is to be opened in coming weeks at 1825 W. Main St. on Kalamazoo’s West Side.

The Tobacco Shoppe will sell loose tobacco, cigars, pipes, hookahs, electronic cigarettes and the tubes and accessories for smokers to roll their own.

The business is refurbishing space in the northern part of the retail plaza off the northwest corner of Westnedge Avenue and Kilgore Road, just south of a Root Beer Stand location.

Safa Jarbo, of Troy, who will own the business with three partners, said it will also include a 168-square-foot walk-in humidor for fine cigars.

Jarbo is a partner in what appears to be a growing chain of the loose-tobacco retail stores.

They include one location in Battle Creek, with another soon to come; and locations in Lansing, Jackson and Adrian.

Why a tobacco store now? Jarbo said, “You can have a pack of cigarettes for about $1. It’s actually 87 cents, but we say $1.”

The pack of cigarettes can cost from about $5.50 to about $7 depending on the brand.

He said a 6-ounce bag of tobacco costs $6 to $7. It allows a user to roll up to a carton and a half of cigarettes. A carton of cigarettes can cost from around $35 to more than $60.

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