DANBURY, Conn. -- The locally owned grocery chain Caraluzzi's Markets is looking to open a new store on Mill Plain Road in Danbury, according to the company's website.
Officials from Caraluzzi's, which has stores in Bethel, Wilton and Newtown, are considering a vacant lot at the end of Mill Plain Road that could potentially be developed to include a wine and spirits store as well.
Caraluzzi’s Markets said it is in negotiations to buy the parcel of land at 102 Mill Plain Road in Danbury. The company would also need to apply to the City of Danbury’s Planning Commission for a change in use on the property from retail to supermarket retail.
At this time, both negotiations and the appeal are considered to be exploratory, Caraluzzi's said. Should everything go according to plan, the plan is to build a shopping center anchored by a Caraluzzi’s Danbury Market and a Caraluzzi’s Wine and Spirit Super Store, bringing an estimated 160 new full- and part-time jobs to the Danbury area.
The shopping center could also include space for one or two smaller tenants. No potential construction or opening date has been determined.
In 1949, Anthony Caraluzzi Sr. purchased the Bethel Fruit and Vegetable Market after 27 years in the supermarket industry. Over the years, the flagship Bethel store relocated to its current location in the center of town and has also undergone five major expansions.
In 2001, the grand reopening of the Bethel location included a name change, adding Caraluzzi’s to the storefront exterior and signs. Then in 2003 Caraluzzi’s Georgetown Market opened in Wilton in the former site of an A&P supermarket. In 2012, the Georgetown market was expanded and remodeled. In 2008, Caraluzzi’s added its third market in Newtown. Retail operations also include wine and spirits at Caraluzzi’s Nutmeg Discount Liquors in Bethel.
Caraluzzi’s Markets has been family owned and operated for more than 64 years.