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    freemantlegirl2 wrote:
    loosehead wrote:
    This is bad news for those hoping to find work there this year & I hope they find work.
    But could you tell me when in 2013 does the council keep all new business rates?
    If in the right time frame it could bring in more money to the city instead of going to central governments pockets.
    But I hope they take on locally born people not people who've just moved into the area people from Freshfield rd,Victory rd etc
    If people have moved into the area then they are local ! what a daft comment... are you going to ask for proof of birthplace next? I 'moved into the area' 21 years ago does that make me 'local' then. You remind me of someone from the League of Gentlemen - Royston Vaisey!

    Great news that CostCo are going ahead, I hope that they are looking at road access and traffic management though :)
    You say I disagree with you just because it's you & then you come back with this?
    As I was bought up in Freshfield rd & lived there until I was about 22 & since then I've lived in several houses in that area totalling 30years I guess I could say NO your not a local but that would be resorting to your level.
    The article says many jobs will go to local teenagers so does that make Costco out to be wrong?
    I know there are quite a few Eastern Europeans who have lived there for a few years many already working I also know there are many locally born & bred youngsters out of work in that area.
    I feel those already unemployed & who already live in the area should be given first go at applying for the jobs.
    If you don't believe this then please say so next time you have all the residents together to fight the Bio Mass generator & then we'll see exactly what they think of you?
    I honestly believe it should be done on how long you've lived in the area & not how quickly you could live in the area so sorry if you don't agree with me but I thought you were all about looking after the welfare of the people in your area or is it only when it benefits you?"
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Year-long wait for Southampton Costco jobs

Year-long wait for Southampton Costco jobs

Artist's impression of the Costco store

Artist's impression of the Costco store

First published in Business Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

A FLAGSHIP cash and carry superstore bringing hundreds of jobs to Southampton won’t open for at least another 12 months, the Daily Echo can reveal.

It had originally been hoped a new Costco warehouse would be open in the city as soon as this summer, which council and business leaders had claimed would cement its position as the retail capital of the south coast.

But the low-cost wholesaler says it now believes it is unlikely it will open its giant 13,000-square metre outlet on part of the former BAT site in Millbrook until next spring.

The firm insists it remains fully committed to opening its 23rd warehouse in Southampton, and said the scheme is progressing to plan.

But confirmation it will almost certainly not open this year, as originally estimated, will come as a blow to jobhunters in the city.

The store was one of the planned developments for Southampton where council leader Royston Smith suggested the private sector could provide jobs for hundreds of council workers losing their posts in cost-cutting measures.

It comes as the national unemployment rate has this month hit a 16-year high of 8.4 per cent of the workforce.

When it opens, Costco will create 132 full-time and 117 part-time jobs, and the American retailer was backed during the planning process by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce because it was seen as a boost to the city economy.

Costco’s James Cheesemore said work is still being carried out by the landowners to clear the ten-acre plot, off Regents Park Road, after which building work should begin later this year.

He said: “We’re hoping to open in the spring next year.

“If we can do it earlier than spring we will – we’re still very much committed to the project.

“It was always going to be a long process and we’ve been progressing as quickly as possible.

“There’s been no delay.

“Once we’re on site it wouldn’t take us more than six months to build.”

Costco has argued its warehouse, which will open seven days a week, selling 4,000 different lines, will breathe life into the ten-acre site, which was used for cigarette manufacturing until BAT shut down production in 2007.

The firm has vowed to recruit locally for its positions at the store, and expects as many as 70 per cent of its employees to be under 35.

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