WELLSTON -- It's been a busy new year for the owners of the Dublin General Store as they continue to make progress rebuilding from a massive fire late last summer.

Deemed a total loss, owner Greg Fischer is determined to reopen the store, once famed for its jerky and smoked meats.

This week, workers delivered a prefabricated structure to 18372 Hoxeyville Road in Wellston, which will serve as the new and improved general store.

"Everybody's looking forward to the building going up, we're making progress," Fischer said. "They're delivering what they call the 'red iron' right now; they're unloading it and starting to place all the spots where the support systems are going to be. They're placing that on the work site right now."

The pre-engineered steel building was constructed by Fed Corporation, a company which specializes in designing and erecting large commercial buildings. The building was delivered in manufactured sections designed to enable quick and easy assembly on site.

"People are stopping by and gawking and I think the whole community is excited for it," Fischer said.

While Fischer hopes the store will reopen in April, circumstances could push the grand opening back into May.

"It's a slow-going process between applying for permits and getting everything submitted, getting approval from all the zoning and building codes," he said. "It's a bigger project than any of us have ever been involved in so there's a little bit of a learning curve, but our contractors have been very helpful and everything (is) proceeding along as quickly as we want it to."

The new building is intended to be an improvement on the one which was lost to fire, Fischer said.

"We got together, my wife Bonnie and our son Dean and just went through everything; what stuff did we do well and what did we need more room for," he said. "That's what we're doing, we're making it bigger and better."

The new structure will be approximately 43,000 square feet, roughly 15,000 square feet larger than the one that burned down on Aug. 31, 2019. Police determined the fire to be a result of arson. No arrests have been made; the investigation is ongoing.

Fischer said that his family -- which has owned and operated the Dublin Store for four generations -- has received an outpouring of support from the community.

"We appreciate all their support and concern and thoughts and prayers and everything that goes along with it," he said. "Our employees are excited to go back to work and we're excited too."