As restaurants shutter, R.I. wholesalers target consumers

Updated at 12:27 p.m. on March 31, 2020.

FARM FRESH RHODE ISLAND recently opened its Market Mobile home delivery program to consumers. / COURTESY FARM FRESH RHODE ISLAND
PROVIDENCE – For Russell DePetrillo, each restaurant closing its doors meant one fewer buyer for his wholesale meat and seafood shop, Metro Lobster & Seafood. DePetrillo estimated at least 65% of his Warwick business customers were restaurants,  the rest a mix of nursing homes, schools and independent markets and a handful of direct consumers sprinkled…

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