First Stores Open in BC
T&T Supermarket Inc. establishes its first 2 stores at Metrotown mall in Burnaby and at President’s Plaza in Richmond. Founding CEO, Cindy Lee, started the business with her husband, with the dream of revolutionizing the grocery shopping experience for Asian Canadian families. Prior to starting T&T, Cindy was the bookkeeper for her husband Jack’s food importing business. Together they supported three children at home – Tina, Tiffany and Jason.
Hot Deli Arrives
Restaurant-quality sushi and dim sum are introduced to the Metrotown store. Cindy was determined to help working mothers make easy and authentic meals for their families, taking the complexity of Asian cuisine preparation out from the customers’ kitchen and into our own.
T&T Opens in Alberta
T&T expanded out of BC for the first time and opens its first store in Calgary, Alberta.
T&T Goes East
T&T takes its first step East into Ontario, opening its 9th store at the Promenade Shopping Centre in Toronto.
T&T Opens in Our Nation’s Capital Ottawa
T&T opened a new store in Ottawa, the capital. As a chain operation business in Canada, this is a for sure location.
2009: Joining the Loblaw Family
Loblaw acquired T&T Supermarkets in September 2009 for C$225 million. The Lee family continues to hold the minority stake and operate the business independently.
T&T carries the Olympic Torch relay
Tina Lee, T&T Director of Strategy, represents T&T and Chinese-Canadians to carry the Olympic torch during its relay across Ontario towards Vancouver, its final destination for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
T&T Brand hits the shelves
T&T Brand brings the authentic tastes of Asia to Canadian kitchen tables. Every single T&T product is taste tested by T&T’s founder, Cindy Lee, and our expert master chef panel who come from all different regions of Asia. T&T Brand products go through rigorous food safety testing, quality control, and production inspection processes by professional, Public Health Inspector, HACCP, and GFSI certified food safety and quality assurance team.
T&T Featured on Undercover Boss
T&T, the first Chinese-Canadian company to be featured on the popular TV show: Undercover Boss. Tina Lee disguises herself and the fact that she is five months pregnant, as she works through the supermarket departments learning from amazingly dedicated T&T staff.
Introduces Be Beauty
Dedicated to bringing popular and trendy Asian beauty brands to Canada.
Impossible Mission: T&T Surprises 3 Employees by Reuniting Their Mothers in China.
T&T CEO Visits the White House
CEO Tina Lee is one of 5 Canadian female CEOs appointed to the Canada - United States Council for the Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business leaders.
CEO Tina Joins Prime Minister in China Trade Talk
Prime Minister Trudeau made an official visit to China in December. T&T, the largest Asian supermarket in Canada, and Loblaw, the parent company's largest Canadian retail group, are the largest sellers of Chinese food in Canada. CEO Tina Lee was invited to visit Beijing with Prime Minister and to attend the Canada-China Business Roundtable.
RENOWNED T&T SUPERMARKETS STORE OPENING IN LANSDOWNE
At 70,000 square feet, this store becomes the largest T&T Supermarkets location in Canada and it creates more than 400 jobs in Richmond.
T&T News Release
November 2nd, 2018
November 2nd, 2018Final Report from the Canada-U.S. Council for Advancement of Women Identifies Clear Opportunity to Accelerate the Adv...
September 13th, 2018VANCOUVER, BC – September 10, 2018 On September 10, 2018, T&T Supermarket donated $75000 to SUCCESS Multi-Level C...
August 17th, 2018RICHMOND, BC – August 16, 2018 – On August 16 at 10 a.m., T&T Supermarkets located at 8311 Lansdowne Road opened ...
May 2nd, 2018
T&T Supermarkets’ Cindy and Tina Lee receive RCC’s 2018 Canadian Grand Prix Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement AwardCanadian chain honoured for 25 years of developing authentic Asian grocery in Canada TORONTO, May 1, 2018: Retail ...
March 9th, 2018As the largest Asian supermarket chain in Canada, T&T Supermarket has been providing its customers a wide variety...
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