Iconic Eastern Market store to reopen this weekend

Rocky's quietly closed over the summer due to flood damage

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click to enlarge Rocky's Historic Eastern Market in Detroit closed this summer. - Steve Neavling
Steve Neavling
Rocky's Historic Eastern Market in Detroit closed this summer.

The candy and nut superstore Rocky’s in the Historic Eastern Market in Detroit is reopening Saturday after closing its doors over the summer.

Rocky’s closed after a broken sump pump caused three-and-a-half feet of flooding in the store's hydronic elevator, Patricia Russo, whose family owns Rocky’s, told Metro Times in September.

Russo had hoped to reopen the store at 2489 Russell St. by Oct. 1.

First opened in 1969, Rocky’s sells candy, nuts, spices, oils, dried fruit, specialty cooking items, and made-in-Michigan products such as McClure’s Pickles.

In a Google post on Aug. 29, Rocky’s referenced a tiff with Eastern Market over Flower Day festivities.

“It has been a struggle ever since the Eastern Market chose to exclude Rocky’s from Flower Day 2022, without notice,” the post read. “Flower Day is a profitable day, which we prepare for. Covid also hit us. We are having the store cleaned and sanitized top to bottom, getting new stock and are looking to open late September to beginning of October.”

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling is an award-winning investigative journalist who operated Motor City Muckraker, an online news site devoted to exposing abuses of power and holding public officials accountable. Neavling also hosted Muckraker Report on 910AM from September 2017 to July 2018. Before launching Motor City Muckraker,...
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