Vapor Haus, which opened a shop in the Belmont neighborhood of Dayton in November, will open a second location in Kettering in June, and its owner plans to open four more shops in the region’s fast-growing e-cigarette and vapor retail market in the months ahead.
Vapor Haus owner Chris Voudris said his newest shop at 4013 Marshall Road at East Stroop Road in the Fairmont Plaza Shopping Center has a target opening date of June 1. Voudris signed a lease Monday on a 1,440-square-foot space, according to Anthony Pinto, commercial real estate manager for Huber Management Corp. in Washington Twp. The lease begins May 1, Pinto and Voudris said.
Vapor Haus opened its first store at 617 Watervliet Ave. in Dayton, and Voudris said strong customer response to that store prompted the expansion, and his plans to add four more stores in the region.
“We’ve had our eye on Kettering for a while,” Voudris said. The Fairmont Plaza Shopping Center area has strong traffic and population density, he said.
Vapor Haus is one of at least half a dozen e-cigarette/vapor shops that have opened in the last 18 months, including several in the last 10 weeks. And the owners of most of those shops say they are looking to add more locations in the Dayton and Springfield area.
The vapor shops serve customers looking for an alternative to smoking cigarettes. Tobacco-free e-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that heat liquid nicotine and flavors into a vapor that the user inhales.
The industry faces the possibility of regulation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is expected to announce restrictions to advertising, sales to minors and perhaps a limitation on “e-juice” flavors. Ohio recently passed legislation that would ban sales to minors.