T&T Supermarkets’ founder Cindy Lee and CEO Tina Lee are this year’s recipients of the Canadian Grand Prix Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award.
The mother-and-daughter team will be presented with their award at the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards gala in Toronto on May 30. The award, presented by The Retail Council of Canada as part of its STORE 2018 conference, recognizes individuals or families who have demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to the Canadian retail and grocery industry.
Founded by Cindy Lee in Burnaby, B.C. in 1993, T&T has grown to become Canada’s largest Asian supermarket chain. By the end of the year it will have 27 locations across B.C., Alberta and Ontario.
Tina Lee took over operations for T&T Supermarkets when her mother retired in 2014. Prior to taking the CEO role, Lee served as director of strategy and operations, and in 2009 became closely involved in the negotiations around Loblaw’s acquisition of T&T and acted as a liaison between the two companies.
“Cindy and Tina have shown an exceptional, relentless passion to serve their customers with the highest-quality grocery products in a retail environment that is culturally aligned with the unique food needs of Asian families,” said Diane J. Brisebois, president and CEO, Retail Council of Canada, in a press release. “T&T Supermarkets has inspired all grocery retailers to make their stores increasingly relevant to more immigrant families in Canada.”
Past recipients of this award include Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee CEOs Paul Higgins Jr. and Michael Higgins, and Longo’s president and CEO Anthony Longo and the Longo Family.