Lynnwood Getting Asian Grocer’s Second WA Store

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Canada-based Asian grocery retailer T&T Supermarket Inc. plans to open its second Washington store in Lynnwood next year, the company announced last week.

T&T announced a year ago that it would open its first Washington and U.S. store in Bellevue. That store, a 76,000-square-foot location in The Marketplace at Factoria, is expected to open later this year. Its opening has been delayed by a critical electrical panel that is on back order, according to a T&T news release.

The Lynnwood location will be at the Lynnwood Crossroads Shopping Center, 6218 196th St. SW, which is one of the busiest intersections in the area, T&T said. The location offers exposure and accessibility off Highway 99, allowing it to serve the rapidly growing community in Lynnwood and the northern Seattle area, it added.

“We never stopped looking at locations in Washington after the announcement of our flagship store in Bellevue,” Tina Lee, T&T CEO, said in the release. “There’s excellent growth potential here, and although we originally planned on only committing to a second location after Bellevue opens, we just couldn’t resist this opportunity. It’s a great location in a former grocery box — at 30,000 square feet, it’s a fitting size for Lynnwood.”

Based in Richmond, British Columbia, T&T operates 33 stores in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. T&T Supermarkets was founded in Vancouver in 1993 and is led by Lee, a second-generation successor. In 2009, T&T Supermarkets was acquired by Loblaw Companies Ltd., which is based outside Toronto.

T&T stores feature an expansive variety of fresh produce, meat, seafood, Asian packaged goods, kitchenware, and gifts, as well as in-store kitchens and bakeries.

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