THE Labasa Town Council formally signed a contract for the proposed first floor of the Labasa market extension worth $450,000.
Speaking during the signing yesterday, Labasa/Savusavu special administrator Vijay Chand said the project would take a few months to complete.
Also signing the project papers were contractor's, Azad Constructions owner Mohammed Shameer and the acting commissioner northern Alipate Bolalevu.
Yesterday, vendors were transferred to a large shed at the back of the present market as the council began preliminary construction works .
While some complained about the crowded temporary market shed, others looked forward to a new spacious selling area.
Vendor Serafina Burekalou said the temporary market shed would be crowded because it would accommodate supplies, vendors and customers.
However, she said they were happy to know that the new double storey market would offer them more space.
"We cannot wait for the market to be built and we thank the council for their insight in extending the market," she said.
Another vendor Katarina Radua said the new market extension meant more space and better selling spaces for vendors.