E-cigarette maker and vape company Juul Labs is exploring plans to open its own U.S. retail shops, according to The Wall Street Journal and other U.S-based news outlets.
While the company has not released any official statement on the matter, the reports cite an unnamed company insider as the source of the information.
Reuters reported: “The company has not made a final decision on the stores, which would only admit people aged 21 and above, the source added, asking not to be named as the matter is confidential.”
The reports come in the wake of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposing restrictions that would prohibit convenience stores and gas stations there from selling e-cigarette flavours other than tobacco, mint and menthol. Juul has a strong following for its mango, vanilla, fruit and cucumber flavoured pods.
Reuters said: “The first store would open in Texas, if the company were to go through with its plan, the source said, adding that Juul is eyeing cities with high smoking rates.”
According to the reports, Juul is exploring locations in Dallas and Houston and would only sell tobacco, mint and menthol flavours in its stores.