“It has been Tony’s privilege to serve our wholesale and retail customers for seventy years.”
Russo’s favorite fresh produce and specialty grocery store in Watertown is closing once and for all.
On Sunday, store owner Tony Russo announced on Facebook that he is retiring after 70 years and the business will close this fall.
“It has been a privilege for Tony to serve our wholesale and retail customers for over seventy years,” the statement said. “OnyTony made it invaluable to watch families shopping as they pick out the first spring vegetables or the first local apples of the season, and shop for Christmas trees (with classical music in the background, of course).”
In 2019, Russo celebrated its 100th anniversary despite growing and changing over the decades. The Boston Globe reported that when Russo was 10, he helped his family’s farm in Watertown and sells produce at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Russo took over the business in 2002 and saw it evolve from a farm to a wholesale distributor, a local market and the famous store he now runs.
Russo’s in Watertown is closing after more than 100 years:
“Every day at Russo – surrounded by fresh produce – Tony remembers working on the farm with his grandparents and then working in a wholesale warehouse with his father and uncle.” Their work ethic was his inspiration. Over the years, Tony has worked in all aspects of the retail and wholesale business, including repairing vegetables, driving trucks, loading and unloading trailers, ordering wholesale, sweeping floors, purchasing products and supervising the tiniest details of a retail store. ”
Russo announced the news on Facebook at around 5 pm. On Sunday, and five hours later, there were more than 2,000 reactions and nearly 900 comments mourning the loss of society while praising Russo’s well-deserved retirement.
“Oh, it breaks my heart to read this,” wrote one commenter. “After moving here 15 years ago, we shopped at the Russo store 1-2 times a week. It’s truly unique and we will miss you so much.”
Another writes: “This is a great loss to those around him.” “Thank you for everything you do, quality, great offers, great store and incredible customer service. I will miss this store!!!”
After that, Russo has no idea about the venue, but fans and loyal customers still have some time to say goodbye.
“We can’t underestimate Tony’s dedication to the fruit, vegetable and flower world,” he said. “We can’t even appreciate Russo’s dedication to his wonderful employees, customers, growers and suppliers. We can’t thank Tony for bringing so much life into his life.
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