Russo’s market in Watertown makes its final sale

WATERTOWN — Loyal prospects paid one final go to to Russo’s in Watertown to choose via the contemporary produce or purchase their favourite pastries earlier than the long-lasting market closed for good Saturday afternoon.

Tony Russo, who has been working at his household’s marketplace for greater than 70 years, introduced in August he was retiring and that the shop could be closing within the fall. The household opened its first retailer, City Backyard, on Foremost Avenue, and their unique warehouse was on Lexington Avenue in Watertown, in accordance with their web site.

Right this moment Russo’s is situated at 560 Nice St. Within the Seventies, Tony backed efforts by the Massachusetts Division of Agriculture to help native farming via its slogan “Massachusetts, Grown & Brisker.” All through his time on the market Tony labored “tirelessly to supply his merchandise from the perfect native, regional, nationwide and worldwide growers,” the web site mentioned.

A few of the prospects who visited the market Saturday afternoon had been purchasing there for many years. Zarmine Karakozian, 67, of Belmont, mentioned she used to take her daughter Tamar purchasing at Russo’s when she was 3 years previous.

“I used to come back each single week,” Karakozian mentioned.

Her daughter Tamar Iskenderian, now 40 and dwelling in Waltham, mentioned the shop was particular to her.

“[It’s] simply the sensation that you simply get whenever you get in right here,” Iskenderian mentioned. “You simply really feel so at residence and comfortable.”

She mentioned that she will get emotional simply fascinated with the shop closing.

“Ever since we heard about it closing, each time I stroll in I get all choked up and my eyes refill,” Iskenderian mentioned. “It’s so unhappy.”

Jennifer Huer, 38 of Chestnut Hill, has been purchasing at Russo’s for years and mentioned it was onerous to say goodbye to one thing that has been a part of the group for thus lengthy.

“There’s a variety of historical past, [and] there’s a variety of great group feeling round a spot like this,” Huer mentioned.

Christopher Walker, 34 of Everett, mentioned he’s been purchasing at Russo’s for about eight years and referred to as the market an establishment.

“You’re type of seeing an incredible factor go, and you’ve got all of the nostalgia from all of the instances you shopped and the good produce and seasonality of it,” Walker mentioned.

“I simply really feel for all of the individuals who put in, workers clever, put in all that effort and time in, and I really feel like they’re the true heartbeat of this establishment,” Walker added. “I’m simply curious to know what they’re going to do. It looks as if it’s very abrupt. [It’s] stunning.”

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