DOUGLAS, MI – The owners ofCarrettino Italian Market & Wine announced they will relocate their family-owned gourmet store from the Town & Country Shopping Center in Grand Rapids to the Saugatuck-Douglas area in the late spring of 2014.
“My family and I have decided to relocate our business to the Saugatuck-Douglas area because it draws the type of clientele that will support the products and services that our family has passionately developed for generations,” said John Russo, who owns the business with his three oldest children, Gina, Mike, and Greg.
“We have always loved the area and soon we will be able to call it our home,” Russo said. The current store at 4301 Kalamazoo Ave. SE will remain open until the move is completed, he said.
The announcement was made by Russo at an invitation-only event held at Red Barn Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 16
Russo opened the current store at the Town & Country Shopping Center in 2009after a falling out with his brothers, Phil and Dave Russo, who operate G.B. Russo & Son International Grocery, at 2770 29th St SE.
The new Carrettino Italian Market and Wine will be located on Blue Star Highway next to the Blue Star Antique Pavilion and Saugatuck Brewing Co.
The new facility will be much larger than previous locations and will include a demonstration kitchen for events and cooking classes. Their emphasis will be on foods and wines produced by family-owned, sustainable growers.
Felicia Fairchild, Executive Director of the Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomed the announcement.
“I have been working with John for the past two years in the hope that this relocation would become a reality,” Fairchild said in a press release announcing the move.
“His business, his contacts and his outstanding reputation will help our visitors bureau carry out our tourism marketing plans to capture top billing in culinary arts circles throughout the Midwest.”
The new store will feature foods from various regions of Italy along with other Mediterranean countries, according to the announcement. They also will provide wines from the world’s best growing regions, including Michigan.