5 things to know about Middletown’s newest deli

Central Market & Deli recently opened at 1218 Central Ave. in downtown Middletown

We spoke with owner Peggy Carroll, of Middletown, to get the lowdown on this new family-owned business, which offers a full line of Amish meats and cheeses, as well as a grocery line of products. Here are five things to know about Central Market & Deli.

1. The food selection aims for quality

Central Market & Deli carries Walnut Creek products with a wide array of deli cold cuts, hot and cold sandwiches, pizza, breakfast sandwiches, salads and fruit cups, along with fresh produce shakes smoothies. Subs are 6-inch and 12-inch and are made to order.

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Party trays of deli meats and cheeses are available for special events, as well as party subs. The business also supports area entrepreneurs by selling their homemade desserts.

“Coming soon, we’ll be having a breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet and adding outside dining,” Carroll said.

2. Delivery is an option

Central Market & Deli delivers anything the business carries to homes and businesses in Middletown, Trenton and Franklin, Carroll said. Delivery is free in Middletown and $3 to Trenton and Franklin. The business offers 10 percent off orders of $40 or more.

Central Market & Deli in Middletown, which offers a full deli, hot and cold sandwiches, pizza, breakfast sandwiches, salads and fruit cups, along with fresh produce, shakes and smoothies. GREG LYNCH / STAFF (Staff Writer)

“Many people can’t drive or they have disabilities that prevent them from going out, so we bring it to them,” Carroll said. “In these busy times, we make it convenient for the community by offering deliveries.”

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3. A lifelong dream

Carroll launched the endeavor as her first business after being in the restaurant industry for 44 years. “I started in the restaurant business working weekends washing dishes at freeway restaurant in Corinth, Kentucky,” she said. “I worked along side my grandmother, who taught me everything.

In the early 1990s, Carroll moved to Middletown, where she served in numerous restaurants and even managed a few. “It’s been my dream to have my own business,” she said.

Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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4. Keeping it in the family

Central Avenue Market & Deli’s partners make the business a family endeavor in every sense of the word. “My boyfriend Coleman, decided to pursue my dream and my brother Chuck and sister-in-law Ida all became partners,” Carroll said. “My brother said it’s a dream come true.”

5. Saying ‘thank you’ to the community

The business plans to hold a Customer Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 27, to show its gratitude to the community. The event features kids games and cornhole, plus free hot dogs and potato chips. Also on the schedule: live entertainment with DJ Ricky Dee and live music by Monroe and Friends.

For more information, call 513-217-7440 or visit

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