Five companies are competing to open cigar shops at the world's busiest airport.
The firms that threw their hats in the ring this week for a cigar shop contract at Hartsfield-Jackson International are Skyport Development, Cigaros of Georgia LLC, Graycliff Divans ATL, Stogies ATL and Churchill Smoke by Trilogy.
The Atlanta airport plans to convert nine smoking rooms into cigar shops that would charge a fee to patrons who want to smoke there. The cigar shops would require a minimum purchase or entry fee for those who want to smoke, according to airport documents.
The airport plans to choose one of the firms to design and operate shops that will offer "handcrafted cigars and tobacco products" with "first-class space for customers to work, be entertained or sit back and relax in comfort while they enjoy smoking their favorite cigar, cigarettes or make a purchase of tobacco or tobacco related accessories." Hartsfield-Jackson's aim has been to open the cigar shops sometime next year.