HERITAGE MATTERS: FORT SUPPLY Foods and Hardware

FORT SUPPLY, Foods and Hardware, in 1975 when the Lee Family took over

A number of historical photographs of the Lee Family’s store were included in the time capsule buried under the entrance floor. This photo shows the way the store looked in 1975 when the Lee Family purchased what was then known as FORT SUPPLY Foods and Hardware.

1975: Can you guess who is the handsome devil in the apron?

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LANGLEY TIMES: Capsule offers a peek into 2012 Langley

The Lee family, owners of the IGA in Fort Langley, hold up a time capsule containing items such as newspaper clippings documenting the rebuilding process of their store, which burned in January, 2011, a badge from the fire department and signatures of residents and supporters. The capsule was buried where the entrance for the new building will be, and a plaque will be placed over top of it. Concrete for the floor was poured on Monday. The capsule will not be dug up again until the building is demolished.
Miranda GATHERCOLE/Langley Times

By Miranda Gathercole – Langley Times 
June 20, 2012
Some day in the far future, the new IGA building in Fort Langley will eventually be demolished.
And when that day finally comes, the developers at that time will find a little present left behind by the residents of today.
A time capsule containing a copy of the Fort Langley Villager Magazine, printouts and newspaper clips documenting the IGA’s history, a badge from the fire department, a business card from Mayor Jack Froese and many other items were all placed in a green metal box and buried in the earth beneath the entrance of the new IGA building on June 16.
Concrete for the floor was poured two days later, securely locking the time capsule away for possibly 100 years or more.
The idea came from owner Robert Lee, who woke up in the middle of the night early last week with a sudden thought that a time capsule should be burred before the concrete is poured. One day it will serve as a reminder to residents in the future about the great community that Fort Langley is today.
“I think it’s a real sign of how much the community misses their grocery store, in particular the Lee family who have run that store since 1975,” said Kurt Alberts, long time Fort Langley resident and organizer of the event. “There’s a lot of eager anticipation hoping the store is up and running soon.”
Dozens of residents and local business owners braved the pouring rain to attend the time capsule burial ceremony and sign their names and well wishes on papers that were also placed inside the capsule.
“It was amazing, there were people rushing around at the last minute to leave their mark, their signature, and make a comment,” Alberts said, adding that is was also interesting to see comments from young people, who wrote about their iPhones and high tech devices that will be archaic 100 years from now.
A plaque will be placed on top of the burial site inside the store once it is finished.

WEEK 30: Floor pour marks work progress

Construction Milestone: Floor goes down for Lee Family’s new grocery store, June 18, 2012

Monday June 18, 2012 marked an important milestone in the progress of the return of Fort Langley’s grocery store. Marcon’s Russ Wallbank, project supervisor, said the pouring of the floor today means the store is well past the half way mark of construction. Robert Lee was on site to watch the pour while his mind was racing with all the decisions he is making about the interior finishing details.

Robert Lee with Fort residents, Brenda and Kurt Alberts, celebrating floor pouring

LANGLEY ADVANCE: New store saves history

A time capsule will carry part of Fort Langley’s past into the future

A 2011 fire destroyed the Fort’s grocery store, but it is rising from the ashes.
Langley Advance photo


By Matthew Claxton, Langley Advance June 14, 2012

Residents of the Fort and beyond will have their chance to put their names in a time capsule that will be built into a neighbourhood grocery store.

The Lee family is hosting a special ceremony Saturday, June 16, at the corner of Mavis and Glover in Fort Langley.

With the floor of the new grocery store about to be poured, Robert Lee has decided to bury a large thermos with a few newspaper articles about the store’s fiery destruction and resurrection.

Along with the news stories will be the signatures of everyone who attends the ceremony between 2 and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The former IGA stood in Fort Langley for decades before it was destroyed in a fire on Jan. 4, 2011. The fire was the work of an unknown thief who tried to break in by cutting bars off a window. Sparks ignited a blaze that left Fort Langley without its only major grocery outlet.

Within weeks the Lee family had decided to rebuild, and a new grocery store is now partially constructed just to the east of the former site.

Former mayor and Fort resident Kurt Alberts is helping to organize the event.
He has asked local papers to bring copies of their stories about the groundbreaking held last year for the new store.

A plaque will be placed above the spot where the time capsule will be buried.
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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

COMING SOON: Coulter Berry Building at Glover & Mavis

Coulter Berry Building: Glover Road view with breezeway to Lee Family’s new grocery store

On May 31 new plans for the corner of Glover and Mavis were unveiled at the Fort Langley Community Hall in a public open house. Eric Woodward’s proposed Coulter Berry Building includes retail shops, offices and residences on the site of the former Frontier Hardware and Fort IGA. See more at coulterberry.com
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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.