Family-owned Italian grocer, Russo’s International Market, announced today a second location in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. The 4,500-square-foot store, located at 241 W. Fulton St., will feature catering, deli, grocery, delivery, curbside pick-up and a 60-seat indoor and 40-seat outdoor bistro. For 112 years the Russo family has been committed to the Grand Rapids community by offering one of the largest selections of wine, gourmet food, deli, craft beer, liquor, kitchenware, homemade Italian entrees and more. The family plans to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community celebration once construction is finished.
“Since opening in 1905, my grandfather made it his mission to serve the Grand Rapids community. Our first location was on Division in what was known as ‘Little Italy.’ When we needed more room, we opened up on 29th street,” said Phil Russo, president of Russo’s International Market. “We always knew we would return to our roots and this second location will allow us to serve the downtown community as we once did 112 years ago.”
For the past two years, Grand Rapids has been recognized as one of the top metropolitan areas in the country for economic development. According to Downtown Grand Rapids, 183 residential units were added to the downtown Grand Rapids area in 2015, with an additional 1,437 proposed units to be developed shortly after. With the addition of the proposed units, downtown Grand Rapids would house 5,201 residential units. Downtown Grand Rapids’ goal is to reach 10,000 residential units within the downtown area by 2025.
With the growing number of downtown residents, the need for retail options within the downtown area is evident. Russo’s International Market will offer much-needed grocery and deli items, fresh produce, wine and beer, pre-made meals and more at this Fulton Street location. The store will also be open later to better serve customers.
“The Grand Rapids community has been so devoted to our family-business throughout the years, and our goal is to continue to serve the community to the best of our ability. We realized the lack of offerings for downtown residents, and this gave us the opportunity to return to downtown Grand Rapids and serve the growing residential population,” said Russo.
Russo’s International Market is currently run by the 3rd and 4th generation. In addition to a second store expansion, the store(s) offer the following services:
- Catering for events, business meetings and more
- Custom corporate gifts
- Alcohol deliver
- Grocery delivery
- European deli
- A large selection of Michigan and Grand Rapids products
- Extensive selection of wine and beer
- In-store educational events
- Private label Russo’s brand products
- **Dine-in eating options
- **To-go menu items
- **Curbside pickup
- **Coffee, espresso and cappuccino bar
- **Gelato bar
- **Fresh produce
- **Home items
- **Selection of toiletries
**only offered at Fulton Street location
The Fulton Street location is in addition to the store’s existing 18,000 sq. ft. location on 29th Street, which was purchased in 1976, and expanded in 2008. The 29th Street location will continue to offer its 45-foot deli case, with over 300 meats and cheeses from around the world, olives, fresh baked breads, oils, pastas with Russo sauces, their own homemade Villa Russo frozen entrees, a vast selection of craft beers and liquor, thousands of wines, kitchenware and more.
The expansion comes nearly two months after a rebrand to commemorate the company’s historic 112 years in Grand Rapids. For more information on Russo’s International Market, the opening of their second location, and product offerings, visit: russosgr.com.
About Russo’s International Market:
For 112 years, Russo’s International Market has provided West Michigan with the largest selection of wine, beer, spirits, Italian deli items and gourmet food, and housewares. Delivery, curbside pickup, and catering options are available. Since opening their doors in 1905, the Russo family has shown dedication to the Grand Rapids, Mich. community through their family-owned values, service towards others, and Italian recipes. To experience the Russo family charm, or to say “Ciao!” visit Russo’s International Market at 2770 29th St SE. Grand Rapids, Mich. 49512, or 241 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503, opening this summer.
* Pending project approvals. Once finalized and renderings complete, expect follow-up with further details.