Giant Mexican store expanding to Austin
FAMSA lets people buy here, have products delivered in Mexico
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FAMSA, the large Mexico-based electronics, appliances and furniture retailer that caters to Latinos, plans to open a store in Austin in May at U.S. 183 and Ohlen Road.
The store, in a former Albertson’s building, will be one of about 385 outlets that the rapidly growing FAMSA chain has in the U.S. and Mexico, where it started in Monterrey more than 25 years ago. About 350 stores are in Mexico, and about 35 are in the U.S., with more than 40 to come in the states in the next four years.
The Austin store is expected to draw shoppers from as far as Marble Falls, said David Simmonds. Simmonds is senior vice president in Austin with the Weitzman Group, a commercial brokerage firm representing the shopping center, to be called FAMSA Plaza.
FAMSA stores are unusual in that they allow customers to purchase goods in the U.S. and then have those products delivered to friends and relatives through an extensive network of Mexico distribution centers.