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About Us

In 1949, after working 27 years for Gristede’s Supermarkets in the Bronx, NY Anthony Caraluzzi Sr. invested every last nickel he had and bought the former Bethel Fruit & Vegetable Market on Greenwood Avenue in Bethel, CT.

 

Tony and his eldest son Lou immediately converted the market into a grocery store, expanding the product lines to include meats and other grocery items. Back then most of the business came from phone orders and home deliveries.

 

One by one, each of Tony’s sons came into the business. Lou from inception, Ed and Bob each came aboard, then Tony Jr. in 1960.

 

By 1952 the store expanded with the purchase of the Redding Ridge Market, and in 1959 the Bethel Food Market moved to 98 Greenwood Avenue, where it still stands today.

 

In 1973 the store expanded to 14,000 square feet and included an attached Bank with in-store teller service.

 

In 1989, the store expanded once again. This expansion more than doubled the size putting the store at 31,000 square feet and included many new departments including full service bakery and hot prepared foods. In the 1990’s, members of the third generation entered the business in a major capacity. Ed’s son Matthew running the frontend operations and Bob’s son Steve took over the grocery department.

 

In 1997, Tony Jr.’s daughter Jennifer entered the business to open Nutmeg Discount Liquors. The Wine and Spirits 15,000 sqft super-store is located at the site of a former chain store competitor. The store consistently ranks in Food & Wine Magazine as one of the top 100 wine stores in the country.

 

In 2001, Tony Jr’s son Mark re-entered the business in a marketing and business development capacity. Then in 2002, the Bethel store underwent another major expansion and complete remodel of the store, creating spacious aisles and a greenhouse entrance. The expansion also included new departments such as full-service floral and seafood, a sushi bar and much more.

 

In March 2003, the family opened their 2nd supermarket in Wilton, CT in an area known as Georgetown. The Caraluzzi’s Georgetown Market took over the former A&P location on Route 7 and involved a total interior demolition.

 

In October 2008, the family opened their 3rd supermarket in Newtown, CT. The Caraluzzi’s Newtown Market took over a space formerly occupied by Grand Union. The new market includes new elements such as a full-service cheese department, prime meats, Wi-Fi Café and more.

 

Caraluzzi’s Markets is now well into its third generation of family management. The business operates under the direction of Mark Caraluzzi as President and CEO and is comprised of two other members of the third generation: Jennifer Caraluzzi Dimyan and Steve Caraluzzi, both of whom hold executive positions and play key roles in running the company. Matt is involved in the Bethel store and allows for a family presence in all of our locations. Members of the 2nd generation Tony Jr. and Bob are around from time to time keeping up with the community.

 

At any given time of the day you can find several members of the family on-hand. And we pride ourselves on maintaining the highest level of service, quality, and low prices.

 

Since 1949 many grocery store competitors have come and gone yet Caraluzzi’s remains the steadfast staple for our areas.
“Stop by any of our stores and you’ll see why!”

 

– The Caraluzzi Family