Canadian retailer T&T Supermarkets, based in Richmond, B.C., has begun its plans to open a United States location in the summer of 2024 in Bellevue, Wash. The company made the announcement in celebration of its 30th anniversary.

Tina Lee, CEO of T&T SupermarketsTina Lee, CEO of T&T Supermarkets | Source: CNW Group / T&T Supermarkets

“We know the love for T&T transcends borders,” said Tina Lee, CEO, T&T Supermarkets. “It’s not unusual to see US license plates in the parking lots of our British Columbia stores, with hundreds of customers regularly making the drive for our food. After 30 successful years in Canada, we couldn’t be more excited to bring our unique offering closer to home for customers in the United States.”

According to T&T, the 76,000-square-foot location will be the largest Asian supermarket in Washington and create more than 300 jobs.

“Filled with the Asian cuisine the stores have become famous for, the new location will feature a sushi counter, hot food bar, noodle station and in-store kitchen and bakery for freshly prepared delicacies like steam buns and pork belly bao, as well as Asian pastries and cakes,” a T&T representative said. “The store will also be home to more than 300 of T&T’s private label products, including customer favorites like green onion pancake, Korean kalbi marinade, juicy pork dumplings and seaweed snacks.”

Tina Lee, CEO of T&T Supermarkets with Lynne Robinson, Mayor of BellevueTina Lee, CEO of T&T Supermarkets with Lynne Robinson, Mayor of Bellevue, Wash. | Source: CNW Group / T&T Supermarkets

“We are thrilled to have T&T Supermarkets in Bellevue. This store will add to our rich food scene and the vibrant culture of our city,” said Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson. “T&T will employ hundreds of talented local workers and I know the store will be welcomed and enjoyed by our community and the region beyond.”

This article is an excerpt from the August 2023 issue of Supermarket Perimeter. You can read the entire Sushi feature and more in the digital edition here.