T&T Supermarket Loblaws

Acquired by Loblaw, Are the Glory Days at T&T Over?

I shop at T&T on Cherry St. at least 3 times a week. Maybe that's inefficient grocery planning but I just can't get enough of the store and love to pop by for some cheap salmon, discounted sushi, fresh bok choy, 2 for 1 specials on enoki mushrooms and a host of other goodies at prices and quality unmatched by conventional grocery stores.

But this morning news came that Loblaw has acquired the 17 store chain for $225 million. A great move for Canada's grocery giant to be sure, but will this signal the beginning of the end for the much loved T&T?

I guess that depends on how you define the end. The good news is that hopefully this deal will lead to at least two things:

  • More T&T locations in downtown Toronto
  • An improvement in the existing Loblaw stores (ie. more Asian groceries available beyond anglo-packaged goods like Memories of Canton Plum Sauce.)

Will the experience of the T&T stores change from that of a bustling and interesting marketplace to bland PC-branded and No-Name product proliferation?

Let's hope that Galen and Co. do the right thing - let T&T keep doing their thing but provide the resources to make this amazing shopping experience available to more Canadians.


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