It’s official: This summer we will be expanding to a 4,500-square-foot second store location, located at 241 W. Fulton St. Our second location will feature catering, grocery, delivery, curbside pick-up and a 60-seat indoor and a 40-seat outdoor restaurant. For 112 years our family has been committed to the Grand Rapids community by offering one of the largest selections of wine, gourmet food, craft beer, liquor, kitchenware, homemade Italian entrees and more. We also plan on hosting 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. 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.”
-Phil Russo, President, Russo’s International Market
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. 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. Because of this growing need, we will offer much-needed grocery and deli items, fresh produce, wine and beer, pre-made meals and more at our Fulton Street location. The store will also be open later to better serve customers – something that is also a current issue within the downtown area.
“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.”
We are proudly run by the 3rd and 4th generation Russo family members. In addition to a second store expansion, our store(s) offer the following services:
- Catering for events, business meetings and more
- Custom corporate gifts
- Alcohol delivery
- 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
**only offered at Fulton Street location
The Fulton Street location is in addition to the our 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’s sauces, our 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 our historic 112 years in Grand Rapids. For more information on the opening of our second location, visit: russosgr.com/downtown, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
*Pending project approvals. Once finalized and renderings complete, expect follow-up with further details.