For 111 years, G.B. Russo & Son has provided West Michigan with the largest selection of wine, beer, gourmet food and housewares. Giovanni B. Russo came to Grand Rapids in 1902 from the small village of Montelepre, Sicily. He worked for the gas company until he saved enough money to fund his own store in 1905. His first small store was in East Grand Rapids ,at Reeds Lake.
In 1908, he purchased the building at 746-752 S. Division in Grand Rapids, the heart of what was then called “Little Italy” where parents and siblings also worked with him. When his only son, Frank, was born in 1916, the company name was changed from G.B. Russo Importer to G.B. Russo & Son. The store thrived and survived throughout The Great Depression, natural disasters, and even riots.
In 1976, G.B. Russo & Son needed more retail space and parking and moved to its current location on 29th Street. Although involved throughout their childhood, Frank’s sons, Phil and Dave now became involved full-time with the day-to-day business. They gradually absorbed many key activities of the business.
In 2008, the business again needed more retail space and parking. The decision was made to double the size of the store to 18,000 square feet. Since then, customers marvel at the size and selection of products in the remodeled store. Today, the store has a 45 foot deli case with over 300 meats and cheeses from around the world, olives, fresh baked breads, oils, private label pastas and sauces, our own homemade Villa Russo frozen entrees and more.
Visit our grocery department for a variety of olive oils, spices, cookies and crackers. Our assortment of pastas, sauces, dips and dressings are the perfect ingredient for all of your family meals.
Our comprehensive deli service includes hundreds of international & domestic meats and cheeses. Featuring items such as our family recipe Italian sausages, prosciutto, cannoli’s and fine cheese grated in-store (without fillers), we assure you the finest quality deli items that you will not find anywhere else. Our deli also proudly serves over 40 salad and olive mixes, in addition to ready made sandwiches for lunch on-the-go.
As the largest wine selection in West Michigan, we offer thousands of wines for purchase by the bottle or case, at competitive prices. G.B. Russo & Son is the place to shop for true connoisseurs and novices alike. The Russo family is always happy to help, with personal service and knowledgeable advice.
We have an array of unique imported & craft beers, ales, meads and ciders. Our inventory ranges from seasonal and year-round offerings of local microbrews, classic eurobrews to beers from Australia, South America, Asia & more.
At G.B. Russo & Son, we carry a medley of kitchenware from the Feemster slicer to more modern items such as Chef’N or Zyliss. Our product line includes cast iron cookware, ceramic bake and serveware, pizza pans, cutting boards and more. We are also an OXO Platinum Peeler retailer due to our breadth of selection of their products. You will find everything from cake decorating tips to wine racks and accessories to utensils in our kitchenware aisles.