Nashua stores expect more business after Mass. tax hike
Housed at 15 Spit Brook Road, the tobacco specialty shop expects to benefit from Massachusetts’ new tax on cigars, which yesterday went up from 30 percent to 40 percent of wholesale.
“Not everybody listens to the news, so this might take some time to sink in, but pretty soon, everyone will be talking about this at their local cigar shop,” said Jonathan Barbeau, manager at Two Guys Smoke Shop. “All they are doing in Massachusetts is driving every small business out of their state.”
For an average box of cigars that might cost $100 in New Hampshire, that same box will now cost $140 in Massachusetts, he said, adding that is a significant difference in savings.
Verc Nashua Gulf station, which is also located near the state border at 242 Daniel Webster Highway, is also expecting some additional Massachusetts patrons at the gas pump.
“The consumer is not the one that bears the burden of that tax,” said Lozeau, maintaining the gas prices in Tyngsborough, Mass., compared to south Nashua are still very similar despite the increased gas tax in Massachusetts.
“New Hampshire has always benefited when taxes go up in Massachusetts, especially the border communities,” added Lozeau, noting the higher cigarette tax to the south should help Nashua retailers.
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