Welcome to The Vault

The New Store
Right in the heart of downtown Apex!

My Philosophy

When I came to North Carolina 5 years ago and and I opened my first shop in Raleigh, Empire Cigars, I brought with me a passion for premium cigars that I have been sharing with my patrons ever since. For the past twenty years, I have sampled cigars from all over the world. I am determined to share my experiences with everyone. For me, it's about the journey...

I'm now introducing our new store to Apex. Hope you'll join us and let your own "journey" begin!


Hal Rubin
Owner, Empire Cigars

The Empire Has Expanded!


We are proud to announce the opening of our second store, located in Downtown Apex! The wait has been long, but we think that when you see what we've built, you'll think it was worthwhile.

Now that opening day nears, I can share with you what the experience has been like. In the words of The Grateful Dead, "What a long strange trip it's been." We've managed to create our own personal corollaries to Murphy's Law right here in River City. But the wait is over, and our doors are open.

What you can expect from us is a variety of cigars that rivals any, all at a fair price and excellent client service to boot. We will feature a spacious smoking lounge with 4 TVs (including a 60" big boy), complete with the NFL Sunday Ticket and the Golf Channel. If outdoor smoking is to your liking, then you will love our 900 sq ft patio (open year round with heating towers).

We have more surprises in store for you, but you need to drop by to see for yourself!!

Don't miss all the fun and fabulous deals at our upcoming events!


Empire Cigars The Vault featured in The Cary News!

By Shane Snider, correspondent

APEX - For Hal Rubin, opening a cigar shop in downtown Apex wasn’t just another business opportunity. It was one more step in a journey.

“When I saw downtown Apex, I fell in love,” said Rubin, puffing on a cigar inside his shop. “It reminds me of the small towns in Upstate New York. And the fact that this was a stand-alone building was just too good to pass up.”

With three flat-screen televisions and large leather seats, the smoking area looks more like a cozy man-cave than a stuffy cigar hangout. Rubin also added a patio behind the building for outside smoking.

“I had the opportunity to build the shop I really wanted here,” said Rubin, who has been smoking premium handmade cigars for 20 years. “I view this as a journey of discovery."

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