MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Food Circus Super Markets celebrates its 55th anniversary with a public gathering on January 18, 2011 at 12:00 in front of the company’s iconic trademark clown located on Highway 35 in Middletown.  The public and press are invited to attend the 55th anniversary celebration where cake and refreshments will be served.

Please join the family as well as local dignitaries, Senator Joe Kyrillos, local historian Randal Gabrielan and many more to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Food Circus and the historic Evil Clown of Middletown on Tuesday, January 18th at 12:00 at 853 Highway 35.

In 1927 John and Angelina migrated from a small town in Italy to America and opened a small candy and ice cream store which they purchased for $2,000 at 35 Miller Street in Highlands.  John and Angelina ran the small store until they eventually turned it into a modern day 7-11 convenience store. With the help of their two children Joseph Azzolina and Grace Azzolina Scaduto, the company expanded into a supermarket concept in 1956 and the Food Circus Super Foodtown family owned chain would begin.

Evil Clown of Middletown


On January 18, 1956 the Food Circus name was born with the grand opening of a new 24,000 square foot grocery store in Middletown, NJ.  With the advent of the company name, the circus theme was instituted with the iconic Evil Clown of Middletown representing the company’s flagship Food Circus supermarket which later converted to a Foodtown store.

Food Circus has grown to ten stores covering three counties over the past 55 years with the fourth generation now working in the family owned business.   In April the family owned company named a new president, Louis Scaduto Jr. to lead the business.  “I am proud to carry this company into its’ fourth generation and look forward to our continued growth, providing new jobs in the areas we serve, and giving back to the communities who have supported our family since 1956.”

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...