May 20, 2024 by Rikki Thompson
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Morelli’s Ice-Cream in Lurgan is on the move! What started with an intense craving for Belgium Chocolate Ice Cream during pregnancy has quickly become a thriving locally owned family business. Now, Mark and Carla Setchfield, the husband and wife team behind the business are setting up shop in new bigger and brighter premises in Union Street in the town.

After finding herself unemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Carla, a new mother faced an even bigger challenge. After their son was diagnosed with Cows Milk Protein Allergy, Carla and Mark were determined to find a solution. The pair wanted to find a brand that not only offered mouthwatering ice cream but also catered to various dietary needs. After carrying market research the pair identified Morelli’s ice cream as a potential solution as the brand offered dairy-free and vegan options.

Morelli's Lurgan

With a desire to bring the brand to town, Carla set out looking for premises initially in Moira. “We just couldn’t find anywhere suitable” says Carla. “I always wanted a sit-in I suppose you could say it was top of my menu. Premises were hard to find and also the leases were crazy. As a small family business we needed something that would allow us to dip our toe in the market to see if there was an appitite”.

Opening in 2022, previously located in Edward Street in the town, Morelli’s has gone from strength to strength. “We have simply outgrown the premises in two years and we are so excited to open our new larger store”

What makes Morelli’s even more special is that it’s a small, family-owned business. Carla and Mark have poured their hearts and souls into making Morelli’s a beloved local gem. Admitting to be entirely self-taught in the art of running an ice cream parlor the pair have embraced the challenge head-on. Through their passion, determination, and countless hours of experimentation, they have created a truly exceptional ice cream experience for the local community.

At Morelli’s, you’re in for a treat with their wide range of flavors that cater to every ice cream lover’s taste buds. From classic favorites like creamy vanilla and rich chocolate to more adventurous options like tangy lemon sorbet and indulgent salted caramel, there’s something for everyone. With 23 flavours to choose from, you’ll never run out of delightful options to try!

Morelli's Lurgan

But it doesn’t stop there! Morelli’s also offers a variety of toppings to take your ice cream experience to the next level. Whether you’re a fan of colorful sprinkles, crunchy nuts, gooey caramel sauce, or fresh fruit, you can create your own personalised masterpiece. The possibilities are endless!

Speaking to UrbanABC Carla announces “we are also introducing a new whippy machine. One of the things we noticed from our customers in everyone enjoys eating the ice-cream in a different way. Adults are more partial to a tub with sauce which kids loved the cone with sprinkles. It’s all personal preference. What we love seeing is the diverse range of customers, we have a broad customer base from 9 – 90 years of age”.

What’s truly remarkable about Morelli’s is their commitment to meeting dietary requirements. They understand that everyone deserves to enjoy a scoop of heavenly ice cream, regardless of dietary restrictions. That’s why they offer dairy-free and vegan options, ensuring that everyone can indulge in their delectable treats. Whether you’re lactose intolerant, following a vegan lifestyle, or simply looking for healthier alternatives, Morelli’s has got you covered.

The new store is open at 25 Union Street Lurgan and the team can’t wait to tickle your taste buds. As with the previous offering, Morelli’s is available on Just Eat offering delivery service directly to your front door.

Morelli’s welcomes ice cream enthusiasts from Monday to Thursday, between 2pm and 9 pm, and Friday to Sunday, from 2pm to 10pm until new staff are fully trained, when opening hours are likely to increase. These generous opening hours ensure that you can satisfy your ice cream cravings whenever they strike. Whether you’re looking for a midday treat or a late-night indulgence, Morelli’s is your next stop.


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