A popular local Italian marketplace is expanding, planning a new store in Middletown.

The Two River Times reports Livoti's Old World Market will open a third store in The Marketplace at Middletown, a.k.a. the Middletown Shopping Center, in a spot last occupied by Pathmark.

The Middletown Shopping Center is getting an overhaul, becoming the Marketplace at Middletown. (Google Maps Street View.)

The shopping center, on Rt. 35 north at New Monmouth Rd., recently added a TJ Maxx, and the Bed Bath & Beyond on Kings Highway is expected to relocate into The Marketplace this year too.

As for Livoti's, they currently have stores in Marlboro and Aberdeen, offering everything from fresh produce, meats, and cheeses to specialty Italian goods, a full deli (complete with yummy ready-made entrees and sides) and a full bakery with breads, cookies, and pastries.

Sometimes I have to remind myself what a food paradise New Jersey really is. We have easy access to foods others only dream of, and for an Italian girl like me, a place like Livoti's just makes me HAPPY.

The store's contract is still being finalized, but if all goes well, Livoti's Middletown could open this summer.

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