By Cyntia Barrera
MEXICO CITY Jan 10 Grupo Sanborns, the retail
arm of tycoon Carlos Slim's conglomerate Grupo Carso
, said on Thursday it plans to relist on the
Mexican stock exchange and offer its shares to institutional
Grupo Sanborns, which operates coffee shops and its
name-sake restaurant and retail chain which offers clients
anything from flashy ties to ornaments and flatscreen TVs,
delisted from the Mexican stock exchange some years ago.
In 2010, the retailer flirted with the idea of opening a
branch in Manhattan but the plan never panned out.
Sanborns did not detail in a release to the Mexican stock
exchange the amount of the expected share offerings, which are
still subject to approval by shareholders in an upcoming
Grupo Sanborns brought luxury store Saks Fifth Avenue to
Mexico in 2007 and has opened a second store since. Slim, the
world's richest man, is a top shareholder in Saks Inc.
Sanborns tracks its origin to a small drug store founded in
downtown Mexico City in 1903 by young American brothers Walter
and Frank Sanborn.
The small business added a soda fountain that quickly drew
an eclectic crowd, from Mexican President Porfirio Diaz, who was
fond of sundaes and banana splits, to Revolutionary leaders
Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, who went in for hot cocoa.
The business, which keeps its logo of three owls atop a tree
branch representing Frank Sanborn and his two children, was sold
to Slim's Grupo Carso in 1985.
The chain is a stop for students on a budget who can easily
hook up to its wi-fi network while drinking inexpensive coffee
and office workers seeking an after-hours drink.