Got meat? Iconic New Haven market opens to public in new North Haven home

NORTH HAVEN — Ferraro’s Meat Market, a longtime presence on Grand Avenue New Haven, is officially open to the public in its new home in the North Haven Pavilion shopping center on Universal Drive North.

Members of the Ferraro family gave local officials and vendors a sneak peek at the new store earlier this month, showing off the 6,400-square-foot space in the shopping center next to Target. It’s a smaller space than the iconic Elm City market, and Peter Ferraro said the store now will focus on what it is best known for — meat — and stock fewer grocery items.

“There’s no way I could stock enough grocery items to compete with a store like Target anyway,” he said at the preview. “So I hope people will come here to buy their meats and go to Target for their groceries.”

The new location officially opened Wednesday.

Peter Ferraro, who runs the store along with his brothers, John and Mark, and sister-in-law Nancy, said the family will turn its attention to reopening a satellite location in Madison. The Madison storefront was one of several drop-off locations the family had opened in recent years where suburban customers could order meat online and then pick it up closer to their homes.

“The Madison location hasn’t been open for a while because we haven’t had any place to cut the meat,” Peter Ferraro said. There is meat-cutting equipment in the rear of the new market, he said.

The family still owns the Grand Avenue spot, which is now occupied by Meat King Farms, an business run by two brothers from New York.