LEE’S MARKET: A race against thyme

Marcon Construction working to complete the new store for the Lee Family’s market

The Lee Family’s grocery store is getting closer to its re-opening. A fair bit of work to go still, but stay tuned for some exciting announcements.


TIME CAPSULE EVENT: Saturday June 16, 2012 – 2 PM

We hope you can be part of the Time Capsule Event on-site at 2 pm Sat June 16

Marcon Construction is making great progress on the Lee Family’s new grocery store in Fort Langley. The concrete floor is set to be poured on Monday June 18, 2012 marking a significant point in the construction progress. On Saturday June 16, 2012 at 2 pm a ceremony is being held on-site to celebrate this progress by burying a time capsule under the store’s floor. The community has been invited to participate by signing a guest book which will be included in the time capsule. Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese will assist the Lee Family with the installation of the time capsule. The community will gather on the adjacent former store location at the corner of Glover and Mavis, the site of Eric Woodward’s proposed Coulter Berry Building.

The Fort Langley Community cheered on the Lee Family at the historic ground breaking on November 18, 2011

FORT IGA: The structure starts to shape up

Week 14: Structural steel starts to shape up the new Fort IGA

Just one week after the arrival of the first shipment of structural steel, the Fort IGA starts to take on its new form.

WEEK 13: Fort IGA gets structural boost

First load of structural steel arrives at Fort IGA site on Monday Feb 13, 2012

Construction on the new Fort IGA got a major boost with the arrival of the first shipment of structural steel early this morning (Monday Feb 13, 2012). Marco Paolella of Marcon Construction said “the shipment arrived right on time as promised and now you will really see some major building activity as the structure of the building rises up”.

Fort Langley IGA sign restored to its former glory

Mark Unrau restored the IGA sign (photo by Dan Ferguson of Langley Times and fire photo by Matthew Claxton of Langley Advance)

By Dan Ferguson – Langley Times Feb 1, 2012
One year after he volunteered to restore the fire-damaged Fort Langley IGA sign, custom car builder Mark Unrau has finished the job.
The result of his labour was undergoing some minor last-minute touch-ups at Unrau’s Vintage Coach Works shop on Landmark Way on Tuesday, Jan. 10, the day before he planned to give the 50-year-old red-and-white sign back to the Lee family who owns the IGA store.
He put it together using parts from the original sign and two others of identical vintage.
“I found [this side] face down in their parking lot,” he said, running a hand over the raised IGA logo. “Been there who knows how long.”
For the benefit of a Times camera, Unrau showed how he rendered a crack in one of the translucent plastic ovals virtually invisible using a dental pick, razor and modeling glue to repair it.
His fingers made a squeaking sound as he rubbed the now completely smooth surface.
The once-yellowed IGA letters are now a proper bright white. The metal parts have been sandblasted smooth and powder coated grey.
Unrau doesn’t think the colour is an exact match to the grey he found under the brown paint someone had slapped over the metal trim, but the sign is otherwise exactly as it was when it was first manufactured, with all-authentic 1960s parts and wiring.
“It took many hours, but to look at it now, it was worth every minute,” Unrau said.
“Can’t wait to see the IGA oval light up on the new store.”
Unrau, a loyal customer of the store owned and operated by the Lee family on the corner of Mavis Avenue and Glover Road, offered to restore the sign after the IGA grocery store burned to the ground Jan. 4 of last year.
Unrau said the unpaid project got a boost from other local businesses. Balkan Signs owner Todd Detchev donated parts and time, as well as Rick from Guillevin International Co. for parts and wire, along with U-Blast who sandblasted the metal and Hi-Pro who handled the powder-coating.
Work on building the new IGA in Fort Langley began in November. It is expected to be completed this fall.
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FORT IGA IN THIRD MONTH: Structural steel is coming soon!

Fort IGA under construction in 3rd month with most of the underground work now complete

A sunny day in Fort Langley shines on the reconstruction of the Fort IGA now in its 3rd month. Most of the work in the last few weeks has been underground but visible progress will soon become obvious. The arrival of the structural steel begins this month. We all hope the good weather continues for the Marcon forces that have worked though some miserable conditions in the past month.

WEEK FOUR: Walls for new Fort IGA take shape

Forming gives shape of new IGA building after 4th week of construction, Dec 15, 2011

Weeks three and four of the IGA reconstruction started to give shape to the foundation and walls of the new store.

The start of a new foundation for the return of the Fort IGA, Dec 9, 2011