Jamal Rashid, of Holt Road, Kensington, was sentenced in his absence at Liverpool Magistrates Court on eight counts of supplying or offering to supply cigarettes which did not bear health warnings.
The court was told a test purchase of a packet of Jin Ling cigarettes from the shop in Holt Road was made by an officer of Liverpool Trading Standards Alcohol and Tobacco Unit. The cigarettes were found below the counter and carried no health warnings.
Officers then searched the shop and found 62 packets of illicit cigarettes, including Jin Ling, Marlboro Gold and L & M Red hidden under the shop counter. A second search of the shop found a further 27 packets of cigarettes.
When interviewed, Mr Rashid said he knew they were illegal.
District Judge Miriam Shelvey fined Mr Rashid £250 on each of the eight counts and awarded the city council £623 costs.