Important Factory Information

The J.C. Newman museum is currently closed to visitors due to factory construction. Cigars can still be purchased through our shipping department. Check back often for an update.

Factory Experience Coming Early 2020

*Visiting Hours at the Factory and Museum Temporarily Suspended*

In 1954, J.C. Newman Cigar Company moved from Cleveland, Ohio to the historic El Reloj factory in Tampa, Florida. Built in 1910, El Reloj serves as the international headquarters for J.C. Newman and is the only factory still manufacturing cigars in Cigar City.

In anticipation of the company’s 125th anniversary and the factory’s 110th anniversary, our iconic factory is undergoing a restoration project to highlight its historic beauty.

Due to this, visiting hours at our existing museum and factory have been temporarily suspended. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes you, but rest assured that when we reopen in early 2020, the wait will have been worth it.

In addition to an expanded museum, our public areas will also include a retail store, hand-rolling area, and many interactive experiences. Between our self-guided and docent-led tour options, you will be able to peek into the past to see how our family persevered through the years, learn more about the industry which built Tampa and experience the artistry of cigar making first hand.

Our hope is that El Reloj becomes a destination for cigar and history lovers alike Whether you smoke daily or have never before picked up a cigar, we will have something for everyone.

We invite you to take a virtual tour of the factory by visiting our Google Business View page here. Stay up to date on the construction process and the reopening of our museum by signing up for our mailing list below.


2701 Sixteenth Street

Tampa, FL 33605


(813) 248-2124


MON – FRI: 8AM – 5PM



Factory Renovation Updates and Plans from Drew Newman








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