BELLEVUE, WASH. — T&T Supermarkets, the largest Asian supermarket chain in Canada, has added retail real estate expert Chris Pine to its team as the company moves forward in its plans to open its US flagship location.

Pine, who formerly served as executive vice president of Anchors and Big Box Leasing at Brookfield Properties, is now the head of real estate for T&T Supermarkets US.

“It’s an honor to join such a passionate and dedicated team,” Pine said. “T&T has a captivating concept that deeply resonates with people who love food. The stores have great energy, the customers have so much fun exploring and discovering new foods — it’s an unparalleled and uplifting environment. I know they’ll go far in the US, and I’m excited to contribute my experience and knowledge to further their mission.”

According to T&T, Pine’s experience in retail real estate includes a role as vice president of real estate and development for Whole Foods Market, where his team was responsible for completing 25-30 stores per year throughout North America and England.

“We are so thrilled to have Chris join our team,” said Tina Lee, CEO of T&T Supermarkets. “We’re new to the country, so we understand the importance of bringing in knowledge and expertise from professionals, and we can’t think of anyone better suited for this role than Chris. His deep knowledge of the industry and track record of success makes him the perfect choice to guide us through this exciting journey.”

In addition to its US flagship location in Washington, T&T Supermarkets also said it has plans for a regional office in the greater Los Angeles area and is immediately hiring for office positions like buyers and category managers. For more information, email