Grupo Sanborns

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Grupo Sanborns is a large restaurant, retail, pharmacy and department store chain located in Mexico and in El Salvador.


The retail company was founded in Mexico City on June 19, 1903 by California immigrants Walter and Frank Sanborn, who also opened Mexico's first soda fountain. The original location and its lunch counter, across from the main Mexico City post office (Palacio de Correos) is still in operation.

During the Mexican Revolution, troops of Emiliano Zapata used a Sanborns branch located at where the Libreria Madero is today, as a rendezvous point and gathering place. Extant photos show Zapatista soldiers enjoying their first restaurant meal at Sanborns' lunch counter. Thus the Sanborns slogan Meet me at Sanborns.

In 1919, Walter Sanborn, tired of Mexico's political turmoil, returned to the US and left the management of the company to his brother Frank.

Matter in fact, the trade mark of the franchise, the tree owls, represent Mr. Frank Sanborns and his sons, Francis and Jonathan. Sometime, the official name of the company was "Sanborn´s Hermanos" (Sanborn´s Brothers), when Mr. Frank passed away.

Also in 1919, Sanborns acquired its most famous branch location, the 16th century House of Tiles, the Casa de los Azulejos, a major Mexico City tourist attraction and national monument. This is probably the world's only pharmacy decorated with a mural by José Clemente Orozco.

In 1946, Frank Sanborn sold his interest in Sanborns to...
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