November 17, 2023

T&T Supermarkets Adds American Retail Estate Guru to Roster

T&T Supermarkets, Canada’s favorite Asian grocer, has added Chris Pine, a prominent US retail real estate expert, to its team. T&T Supermarkets currently has 33 stores across Canada and announced earlier this year the opening of its first US store in Bellevue, WA in 2024.

Pine, formerly Executive Vice President of Anchors and Big Box Leasing at Brookfield Properties, joins T&T Supermarkets as Head of Real Estate, T&T Supermarkets US. He brings with him a wealth of experience in the retail industry and a deep understanding of the US real estate market.

“It’s an honor to join such a passionate and dedicated team,” said Pine. “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 U.S., and I’m excited to contribute my experience and knowledge to further their mission.”

Pine’s impressive track record in retail real estate includes a tenure as VP 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.”

T&T’s first store in the US will open at the Marketplace at Factoria, in Bellevue, WA. At 76,000 square feet, it will be the largest Asian supermarket in the state, creating more than 300 jobs.

Additionally, T&T will be establishing a regional office in the greater Los Angeles area and is immediately hiring for office positions like buyers and category managers. See all job openings at Indeed.

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