PATERSON, N.J. - After years of preparation, and almost eight years in the making, Gelotti Ice Cream has completed phase one, in a three phase project, to upgrade its facilities on Union Avenue.

Since 1984, Gelotti has been packing in long lines, and big portions of homemade ice cream, Italian ice, and gelato. A typical summer day at Gelotti can see the tiny store help thousands of people who patiently wait on the long lines, because of the speedy service, and large selection of flavors.

“This project is about our loyal customers,” said owner Robert Sigona “It is hard to always keep everyone’s favorite flavors in stock at the same time, we hope this space will allow us to give our customers more options, and give us the opportunity to inventory more products than ever before.”

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Robert and his brother Joe Sigona have played a large role in helping push the project along from heading to city hall for years of meetings with their parents, to helping to optimize the layout for the best work flow.

Phase one’s completion saw the addition of warehouse space, critical to the production of such high volumes of ice cream, as well as space for the countless products the Sigona’s import directly from Italy. Various ingredients such as hazelnuts, pistachios, and chocolates arrive by the pallet load from Italy to be able to keep up the demand for their flavors.

“We also hope that in the future this facility allows us to open more locations as well,” said Robert. “We really want to be able to share all the great things we are doing at Gelotti with as many people as possible.”

Gelotti also has two sisters stores in Essex County, in Caldwell and Montclair, operated by long time employee Mike Guerriero.

“The new building in Paterson has been a dream for years now,” said Guerriero. “Gelotti fans should be super happy not only with the building, but the fact Joe and Rob are so involved in helping to bring it to life. This guarantees Gelotti is going to be around for generations to come in Paterson and beyond.”

Phase three is set to be started sometime after the 2017 season, and this will include a new storefront, signage, and a final reconfiguration of the parking lot.

Gelotti's is open 364 days a year, closed only on Christmas day. It is located at 2 Union Ave, Paterson. Fotr more information visit them at www.gelotti.com or call 973-595-1647.