The iconic brickhouses of New York City have long been the scene of cigar smokers’ adoration, but as with many American cities, the cigar has changed dramatically over time.
While the cigar industry is still thriving in many parts of the country, some areas, including New York, have seen its image tarnished.
According to the Cigar Aficionado, brickhouse brands like The Brick House, the Cigaro, and the Bricks, are in decline in recent years.
And while some brickhouse cargoes are still produced, the majority of them are now sold online or via online retailers.
In fact, online cigar shops are still considered more affordable and accessible than brickhouse stores.
One of the largest brickhouse retailers in the country is Cigar Warehouse.
Although it’s been around for more than 50 years, the brickhouse has slowly but surely faded from the consciousness of the American public.
Cigar warehouse has a history that stretches back to the 1920s and ’30s.
In 1940, The Brickhouse Company was founded in New York by the cigar maker Ernest B. Bork, who worked at the legendary Manhattan cigar shop and later opened his own cigar shop.
In the mid-1940s, The Bricks began to expand into brickmaking.
The company was incorporated in 1945 and became known as the Brickhouse Cigar Company.
By the early 1960s, the company was considered to be the biggest cigar company in the United States.
In 1960, the Brickhouses were bought by C&C Cigar.
Today, Cigar Bricks has a market share of about 3% of all cigar shops in the U.S. But the company has also experienced some serious setbacks over the years.
In 2012, the chain was acquired by Wal-Mart.
In 2015, The Company was sold to the largest cigar maker in the world, Liga Privada.
The B.B.C. and the Liga Privadas were considered the top three cigar brands in the entire world.
And in 2018, Cigaro was bought out by Cabela’s.
Today the brand is mostly considered one of the most respected cigar brands.
However, the recent sale of the B.C., which is owned by Ciba, has seen a drastic decline in the brand’s popularity.
In 2016, The Cigar aficionado reported that the brand was down to 10% market share in its brickhouses, which is below the industry average of about 20%.
Cigaro has also seen some struggles.
In 2017, Cigarro Cigars CEO, Roberto Azevedo, was quoted as saying that the company “would have been dead by now.”
But the problems have not gone unnoticed by the company.
In 2018, the brand lost its sole remaining brick-shop in New Jersey, where the brand now only makes cigars in its warehouse in Jersey City.
The BrickHouse Cigar has been criticized for some of its recent failures.
One example is that the cigar company was not able to keep up with demand for the company’s cigar brands such as the Corona, the Lancero, and a variety of other cigar brands from other brands.
Another example is the company failed to keep the brand afloat with the recent acquisition of another brick-and-mortar retailer, the L.L. Bean.
And last but not least, the B Brickhouse brand has suffered a decline in popularity, especially after the company sold its remaining cigar brands to a larger cigar maker.
According the Cigars & Blends, The brand was up to a 22% share of the total cigar market in 2018.
While that was still a drop from its peak, the percentage of cigars sold dropped from about 20% in 2013 to about 11% in 2018 to the level it is at today.
However the brand remains one of Cigar’s largest cigar brands and one of its most popular brands.
In 2019, Cigarlos cigars sold out of their remaining brickhouses.
While they are still around, the brands are selling off their inventory.
Cigarlo Cigars stock is down over 10% from its 2017 high of $9.83 per share.
B Bean brand has lost nearly 10% of its market share from its 2013 peak of 25% to just over 11%.
And lastly, the Blockbuster brand, which was the largest brand in the history of the BrickHouse brand, is now in a precarious position.
The Blockbuster brands sales have been declining for a while now.
In 2021, Blockbuster Cigars brand sales were down to just under 20%.
In 2022, Blockbusters sales were off 3%.
In 2024, Blockusters sales were 3%.
And in 2025, Blockers sales were 4%.
And Blockbuster is now down to around 2% of the market.
While Blockbuster has seen its sales dwindle over the last few years, it’s still one of New Jersey’s largest brands.
With Blockbuster struggling to survive and its stock falling,