When I was living in Vancouver, I had a roommate purchase a few strange canned beverages at the T&T supermarket on the edge of Chinatown. He put them in all the housemates’ Christmas stockings; someone got some wax gourd juice, I got a can of milky coffee with jelly which tasted like cold airplane coffee, but with little bits of unflavoured Jell-O floating in it. It was so disgusting that the only appropriate thing to do was pour it into the popsicle maker, put it in the freezer and forget about it.
And forget about it I had, until receiving the news that a T&T supermarket will be opening up in downtown Toronto in the fall.
The Star reports that the new T&T will take over the former Knob Hill Farms supermarket on Cherry Street; a site owned by Jerry Sprackman, owner of the Docks nightclub, who would rather used the site for “grander” things, like a casino, a big box store or a hotel. No word on whether the store will stay open late enough to feed the post-clubbing crowd.
Apparently, T&T is thought of as the “Loblaws” of Asian grocery stores, which I guess means that there’s a parking lot. And if Loblaws ever feels the pressure and starts selling Pogoballs by the kilogram, Torontoist will be first on the scene to let you know.
Photo of strange offerings at the Vancouver T&T from Flickr user Roland.