Reborn Fredericks rises from ashes

FREDERICKS IGA Jamberoo owners Trevor Fredericks and Carmel Goldsmith are thrilled with the progress of their new building and looking forward to having their new shop open in April.

The old building burned to the ground in December 2012, but the incident inspired an outpouring of community spirit in the town as residents rallied behind the couple to have the business relocated and operational just days later.

"The response when this first happened was incredible and the new building is now taking shape and things are progressing well," Mr Fredericks said.

"Our builder, Phil Young, has worked tremendously hard and has used nearly all local contractors, which thrills us no end."

He said the new building's construction had attracted enthusiasm.

"Locals who go past the building on a daily basis take great pleasure in giving us updates," he said.

The new shop will be almost twice the size of the original building, however the couple have gone out of their way to retain the same feel as the old building.

"We are lucky that we managed to save some of the original decals and we just can't wait to have the building finished and get back to running the business from its original site," Mr Fredericks said.

Ms Goldsmith said things were on track for a gala community party and reopening on Saturday, April 12.

"We are getting permission from Kiama Council for a partial road closure in front of the shop that will allow us to make it a party atmosphere, with things like jumping castles, produce markets and a photo competition," she said.

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