T&T Supermarket Inc. was found in 1993 with two stores in BC. Since then, it has expanded rapidly to become Canada’s largest Asian supermarket chain with 27 stores across the country: 12 in Metro Vancouver, 6 in Alberta, and 9 in Ontario (7 in GTA and 1 in Ottawa, 1 in Waterloo).
In 1993, Cindy Lee, an immigrant from Taiwan and a working mother of three, had a simple dream: To help families by bringing the best of Asian fresh food and groceries under one roof. with the help of her husband, Jack lee, cindy opened two stores in burnaby and richmond, BC. “T&T” has a double meaning: Tina & Tiffany, her two daughters, and the initials of two early investors
The stores range in size from 35,000 sq ft (3,300 m2) to 74,000 sq ft (6,900 m2). In addition to the many departments found in a regular supermarket, most T & T stores also have an in-house bakery, an Asian deli, a sushi and Chinese barbecue department. The name T & T itself stands for the names of Lee's two daughters, Tina and Tiffany. T & T also represents the names of the two major investors involved when the company was founded in 1993; Tawa Supermarket Inc. and Uni-President Enterprises Corp. (Chinese name is pronounced "Tung Yee").
Retail Council of Canada honoured T&T Supermarkets’ founder Cindy Lee and CEO Tina Lee the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes individuals or families who have demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to the Canadian retail and grocery industry.
In 2018, T & T opened a 74,000 sq. ft. flagship store in Richmond, British Columbia, which was the first to have a live seafood bar, an Asian street food station, and self-checkouts. Industry experts dubbed the store a "grocerant" because of its restaurant-style offering. In 2020, T & T launched its e-commerce platform, facilitating online order and delivery of Asian food products across most provinces in Canada.