Imma and Mario Caporaso established a humble continental deli in 1972 on St Bernards Rd, Rostrevor. With two young children Angela and John, they were committed to building a business based on friendly, personalised service and a range of quality produce. They have successfully traded on these core strengths for over 37 years, in a succession of six stores throughout the local area.
In the early days, the store simply stocked local and imported general grocery items such as cheeses, oils, smallgoods and coffees. As the business developed Imma and Mario expanded the range to include complementary items such as kitchenware and winemaking equipment.
Imma and Mario had their two little helpers Angela and John who practically grew up in the shop and worked on weekends. John rejoined the family business in 1998 with his wife Rose, following years of business experience with Bianco Construction, with a vision to build on the cultural empire established by his parents over 25 years.
John Caporaso captured the passion of the family and staff to empower the business to move to a larger, purpose built store down the road. From a no-frills, small corner store, emerged a gourmet food emporium. The new store Imma and Mario’s Mercato was opened at 625 Lower North East Rd in June 2005.