THE day the people of Jamberoo and the Fredericks family have been waiting for arrived last Tuesday when the footings were laid for the new Fredericks IGA.
Eight months after fire devastated the popular Jamberoo institution, the first tentative steps were laid and a time capsule has been being buried in the footings.
The capsule contains historic photos of the store (including some from the fire), current currency and newspapers and magazines from the day. It also includes a short story about the significance of the history of the store.
Long-time owner Alwyn Fredericks said he was delighted the new store was on its way.
"It's great to see the progress and to know that in a few months the new store will be open," Mr Fredericks said.
His daughter-in-law Carmel Goldsmith, who has been busy arranging all the paperwork and fighting through the red-tape, wanted to thank all the people involved in the project to date.
"It's been a long and incredibly difficult process, one which we couldn't have done without the great work of people like Terry Graham, Lisa Papesch and Duncan Ford - they have been supportive and nothing has been too much trouble," Ms Goldsmith said.
"The tendering for the building was done through the insurance company and we were 'over the moon' when we found out that local Phil Young had been awarded the contract.
"Phil has been working with us from day one on the design, has always been around if we wanted to run something past him and suggesting better ways of doing things and he will use many local contractors to do the work - so it is a win-win for the town.
"Everyone is so excited - we really can't wait to watch the building progress."
Her husband Trevor Fredericks said the family were still overwhelmed by the support shown by the people of Jamberoo after the fire.
"The fact that we were able to be back up and running in a matter of days and the support we have had since is very moving and much appreciated," Mr Fredericks said.
They hope to have the new building open by March or April next year, he said.