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Downtown Grand Rapids Grocer & Bistro to Open for First ArtPrize Weekend

Family-owned Italian grocer, Russo’s International Market, will host a grand opening celebration for its second store location at 241 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, Mich. on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The first 112 customers to visit the location will receive grocery bags filled with Russo’s most popular items in honor of the store’s 112-year history. The 4,500-square-foot location will offer seating for 60 indoors and 20 outdoors, and will feature dine-in and to-go options. The location’s ArtPrize hours will be Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to serve the growing number of downtown Grand Rapids’ residents and visitors.

“Since opening in 1905, my grandfather made it his mission to serve the Grand Rapids community in any way he could. Our first location was on Division Street, in what was known as ‘Little Italy.’ When we needed more room, we moved twice and eventually opened up on 29th Street, which is currently our main location” 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.”

The Fulton Street location opening menu includes gourmet sandwiches, pizza, salads and Italian entrees. Kid-friendly options are also available. Menus were crafted by head chef, John Chisholm.

The Fulton Street location is in addition to the store’s existing 18,000-square-foot store 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 more than 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, more than 3,000 wines, kitchenware, and more.

Russo’s International Market locations offer the following services:

  • Custom corporate gifts
  • 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
  • To-go menu items
  • *Dine-in eating options
  • *Outdoor seating
  • *Bar seating
  • *Produce and dairy staples
  • *Essential toiletries and home care items
  • *Coffee, espresso and cappuccino bar by local roaster Herman’s Boy
  • *Gelato bar

*only offered at Fulton Street location

Russo’s International Market is currently run by the third and fourth generations of the family. For 112 years, the Russo family has shown dedication to Grand Rapids, Mich. through their family-owned values, service towards others, and Italian recipes.

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 Inc., 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.

“Building a sustainable retail economy in a downtown is a desire of downtown residents and thus a priority for our organization. As our residential population grows, we’ll continue seeing incremental progress towards a diverse retail mix,” said Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. president and CEO, Kristopher Larson. “The addition of Russo’s as a specialty grocer will be met with excitement by the Downtown neighborhood, and its broad appeal will hopefully attract customers from across the region.”

With the growing number of downtown residents, the need for retail options within the downtown area is evident. Russo’s International Market will offer essential items at the Fulton Street location with hours convenient for downtown residents.

“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 want to meet this demand,” said Russo.

The opening of the Fulton Street location comes four months after announcing the addition of the second location, and nearly six months after a rebrand to commemorate the company’s history 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, gourmet food, and housewares. 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. The Fulton Street store location can be reached via phone at (616) 965-1420. The 29th Street store location can be reached via phone at (616) 942-2980.