More than 200 people have returned questionnaires contributing their ideas for setting up and running a Co-op store in Cootamundra to replace the Target store, earmarked for closure in early-to-mid 2021.
Target's parent company, Wefarmers, announced its intention to close dozens of country stores, including Cootamundra, in May.
It has been unmoved by many letters from residents, from MP Steph Cooke and the mayor, Councillor McAlister, asking it to reconsider.
At the October council meeting Councillor Leigh Bowden told her fellow councillors there had been a strong community effort in the two months since the initial open forum was held to discuss the proposal for a co-operative store.
"Since that original forum there has been a group of twelve local people, several of whom have been strongly dedicated, meeting every Wednesday to progress the idea," she said.
"We've stayed in contact with the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals who are giving us advice as we go along.
"Currently we're in the community involvement and consultation phase and to date over 200 people have returned questionnaires, either hard copies or on line
"We are now working on a business model which, when it is completed and we have a constitution, will enable us to work out how much membership or shares are.
"It's very encouraging the community is so supportive, and the people who meet are very enthusiastic and grateful for council's support.
"I attend meetings as the council representative.
"We're holding another public meeting on Wednesday December 1 to let the community know where we're up to - and when it will be time to write the cheques!"
Mayor Abb McAlister asked Cr Bowden whether it would be a similar sort of business.
Cr Bowden replied it would be similar, but some people had suggested changes such as stocking more work ware and shoes, and others that there could be an outlet for local produce such as olives, olive oil and beef jerky.
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