RED BANK – Has been in business for over a century – a Monmouth County staple known for its sandwiches, meats and fresh cheeses.
But on July 9, the Citarella market will close its doors for good.
Andrew Citarella, who has run the market for 15 months, made the announcement on the market’s Facebook page on June 26. He said his brother, the market owner, and his wife have decided to retire.
Citarella’s great-grandfather, also named Andrew, started the business in 1901. But after 121 years, the grocery store located at the intersection of Prospect Avenue and McLaren Street will no longer exist.
“Although I always believed that I would be the only son of Citarella not to be a butcher, fate had other plans for me. We are all very sad to see a business that has been in our family for 121 years finish, but 121 is definitely a good run,” Citarella said in the Facebook post.
Ironically, he added on his Facebook post, charcuterie was started by a meat-cutting Andrew Citarella, and in 2022 an Andrew Citarella will be his last butcher.
Citarella told The Asbury Park Press that Citarella’s market will be replaced by an Italian family business.
Jen Ursillo is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]
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