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El Credito Cigars Factory Being Converted

News that the El Credito Cigar Factory located on the famous Calle Ocho of Little Havana will be converted was revealed at the beginning of this month. The factory, which was the oldest one operating within the United States at 42 years old, will be converted into a cigar lounge to create a welcoming experience for cigar lovers. It was previously home to the production of the La Gloria Cubana as well as the Artesanos de Miami cigars. General Cigar Company, which owns the factory, decided to make the move to try to improve brand status and provide a more stylish setting for fans to enjoy the cigars.

While this change certainly must create some new excitement for the La Gloria Cubana and Artesanos de Miami brands, it does not come without some unfortunate circumstances. This is particularly true for some of the factory's employees, as the company was forced to terminate eight of its ten cigar rollers. The two rollers that were kept will remain on site to produce more limited quantities of cigars for guests to enjoy. The bulk of production, however, will be moved to General Cigar's factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic. At the factory's height of production in 1996, it had 30 rollers, which is a far cry from the two it will currently hold.


To convert the factory into more of a lounge experience, several changes and upgrades will take place at the Calle Ocho location. The name will still be the same, but the interior will not. Visitors can expect entertainment in the form of added televisions, and coffee will also be available for enjoyment with the handmade cigars. Seating capacity will also be increased to accommodate the extra visitors that the location will hopefully attract. In general, the location will be made to have a more comfortable atmosphere that will encourage smoking enthusiasts to want to stay and smoke.

This sudden shift comes after a lengthy history for La Gloria Cubana cigars. Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Sr. began making La Gloria Cubana cigars at El Credito in 1968, where they were a hit with local residents in Miami's Little Havana area. Twelve years later, his son, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. tweaked the La Gloria Cubana blend to give it more strength. In the early 90's, the cigar received high critical acclaim, which boomed its popularity almost instantly. The popularity of the La Gloria Cubana and the need for higher production caused Perez-Carrillo Jr. to expand his efforts to the Dominican Republic, and eventually he sold the company for a $40 million fortune in 1999 to Swedish Match AB. As of 2009, Perez-Carrillo Jr. left General Cigar, but not until after he created the Artesanos de Miami line, which will continue to be produced.

Those in the Miami area who wish to visit the revamped El Credito location can do so at 1100 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL, 33130.

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