Sunday, August 15, 2021

Russo's in Watertown Is Closing

A beloved market whose roots date back more than 100 years is shutting down.

According to a source, Russo's in Watertown is closing, with a Facebook post from the Pleasant Street business confirming this, saying that "After more than 70 years working for the family business, Tony Russo is retiring. Our business will close this fall. It has been Tony's privilege to serve our many wholesale and retail customers for seven decades.⁣" Russo's, which started out as a small farm in the early 1900s, is known in part for its extensive selection of produce along with its meats, dairy products, baked goods and pastries, and flowers and Christmas trees--and it also is a wholesaler to local businesses, including restaurants.

The address for Russo's is 560 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA, 02472. Its website can be found at

[August 20 update: A Wicked Local article indicates that the property on which Russo's sits has been sold to NewTower Trust Company for $36.5 million, and that the plan is to close by October, with all 239 of its workers being laid off "beginning around Oct. 12 or within two weeks, based on business needs and circumstances." (Thanks to a source for letting us know about this.)]

[August 31 update: According to a source, signs are now up at Russo's saying that its last day in operation is September 18.]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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