Pictured: About to bury the time capsule on the site of the new store are builder Phillip Young, Carmel Goldsmith, Brendan Gilmore, Eric Fredericks, Alwyn Fredericks and Trevor Fredericks. Credit: GREG TOTMAN
A time capsule was buried at Jamberoo yesterday to help mark reconstruction of the Fredericks IGA store which burnt down late last year.
The historic store was destroyed by fire just days before Christmas, but after a spirited campaign by the Jamberoo community, a temporary store was opened just five days later.
In June, police charged an 18-year-old Gerringong teenager with destroying property by fire.
Yesterday, owner Trevor Fredericks and his wife Carmel Goldsmith joined Mr Fredericks' father Alwyn and uncle Eric Fredericks and his nephew and current store manager Brendan Gilmore to place the time capsule in the foundations of the new building.
Trevor Fredericks said the idea of incorporating a time capsule was initiated by builder Phil Young.
"Inside the capsule we have a detailed history of the site, the business and the owners of the business and what happened late last year with the fire," he said.
"We also have historic photos of the shop and of the Fredericks family as well as today's newspapers and some IGA brochures."
Mr Fredericks said recent fine weather meant the rebuild had had a solid start.
"The slab will be poured in a few weeks' time and we will start going up from there," Mr Fredericks said.
"We hope to have a basic shell locked up by Christmas, have the internal work done through January and February and hopefully open around Easter.
"We are looking at a March-April deadline at this stage."
Mr Fredericks said it was an unusual feeling to know that someone had been charged with starting the fire that caused more than $1 million worth of damage.
"Whatever the outcome is, it doesn't make that much of a difference to us," he said.
"There has been a lot of work and there have been a lot of headaches to get to where we are today."
Mr Fredericks' father, Alwyn, said it was good to see the building "coming back".
"It was a disaster to see it going down, that's for sure," he said.