WATERTOWN — Loyal customers paid one last visit to Russo’s in Watertown to pick through the fresh produce or buy their favorite pastries before the iconic market closed for good Saturday afternoon.
Tony Russo, who has been working at his family’s market for more than 70 years, announced in August he was retiring and that the store would be closing in the fall. The family opened its first store, Town Garden, on Main Street, and their original warehouse was on Lexington Street in Watertown, according to their website.
Today Russo’s is located at 560 Pleasant St. In the 1970s, Tony backed efforts by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture to support local farming through its slogan “Massachusetts, Grown & Fresher.” Throughout his time at the market Tony worked “tirelessly to source his products from the best local, regional, national and international growers,” the website said.
Some of the customers who visited the market Saturday…