Press Release: Drapers Announces Purchase of Bethesda Tobacco. Paul Spence Named Managing Partner

For Immediate Release

After 123 Years W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist Expands
DC’s Oldest Tobacco Shop Announces Purchase of Bethesda Tobacco
CAO’s Paul Spence Named Managing Partner & General Manager

Washington, DC — January 18, 2011 — John Anderson and Matt Krimm owners of W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist,Washington, DC’s oldest full service tobacco shop, today announced they have completed the purchase of Bethesda Tobacco (4916 Del Ray Avenue, Bethesda, MD) from Michael Copperman.  The purchase marks Draper’s first foray outside the District of Columbia in its 123-year history.  It was also announced that Paul Spence, formerly Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager with cigar manufacturer CAO International, was named Managing Partner & General Manager of the Bethesda store.  Spence brings over 20 years experience in the hospitality and cigar industries to the role.  Sale terms were not disclosed.

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