The highly anticipated opening of the largest T&T Supermarket at Richmond’s Lansdowne Centre finally took place on Thursday, August 16. Although recently moved to downtown, I still shop for groceries at least 3 times a week in Richmond for my mom. As T&T by Richmond Oval has been store that I go to the most, I can picture myself shopping at the newer and much bigger T&T at Lansdowne a lot.
I was invited to a media preview a day prior to the opening. Joined by many friends from traditional media and social media, I was welcomed by a group of T&T executives and managers, led by T&T CEO, Tina Lee. Tina has taken over the helm from her parents who moved here from Taiwan and founded the chain in 1993. 25 years later, the latest T&T location is the 26th among the stores in BC, Alberta, and Ontario. It was pretty exciting for me to find out what the new flagship store of the chain is offering for the foodies who love seafood and Chinese cuisine.
The Biggest T&T
The store is the largest among the 26 locations with a whopping 70, 000 square feet space. The location was preciously occupied by Target.
The store has quite a few “the-very-first” features that are exciting.
With the method adopted in a lot of supermarkets in China, here the shoppers can weigh the produce at a weigh station to generate the price label, making the checkout process much faster and more efficient.
Starbucks and Hui Lau Shan onsite
The most exciting new feature at the new T&T is probably the Seafood Bar. You can pick your shell fish like lobster, crab, or oyster, and have it cooked right the way so that you can enjoy it while it’s still super fresh. There are only 3 easy steps to follow and you could enjoy the freshly prepared seafood dish in merely 3 minutes. Here is a glance.
Asian Street Food
T&T supermarkets are known for having the huge Asian kitchen that prepare fresh dishes all day everyday. The new T&T Lansdowne will have an even bigger selection of dishes including the most popular Asian street foods such as Popcorn Chicken, Taiwanese Pork rice, Lamb Soup, Yam balls and Cantonese Rice Noodle Rolls.
The T&T bakery here at the new location is bigger and better with more varieties.
The self-served food station is also a new feature where shoppers can help themselves to enjoy their lunch or dinner over dozens of mouth watering Chinese and other Asian dishes.
T&T Master Chefs are behind the new food menu featuring Chef Tse of bakery, Chef Shokunin Liu of sushi, and for Chef Du of Chinese cuisine.
Nutrient Grains Station
This brand new station is created to inform and educate shoppers with how to utilize different grains and beans to nurture the body with healthy recipes.
One of the most anticipated Chinese traditional holiday is coming. For the Mid Autumn Festival, Chinese folks like to enjoy moon cake. At the new T&T, there appears to be the biggest collection of moon cake produced in Hong Kong, China and North America.
While satisfying all the shoppers with with quality food products and freshly prepared dishes, the new T&T also carries other features that meets different needs in everyday life.
T&T Lansdowne provides the very first bilingual pharmacy in Metro Vancouver with a staff efficient in both English and Chinese.
This unique section is for the most highly sought items on Chinese online shopping portals such as TaoBao, including premium cookware and dinnerware.
Skincare & Beauty Products
The new T&T carries a massive collection of high quality skincare and beauty products from top brands around the world, especially from Korea, the capital of Asian skincare and beauty products.
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8311 Lansdowne Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 3A4
Hours: 8 a.m. – 12 a.m. Daily
(604) 370-2112 or www.tnt-supermarket.com/bc/