Sewage leak closes Co-Op in Terminus Terrace, Southampton

Daily Echo: Stock from the Co-Op in Terminus Terrace, Southampton Stock from the Co-Op in Terminus Terrace, Southampton

YOU could be forgiven for thinking it was part of a great Christmas giveaway.

A skip filled with hundreds of bottles of soft drinks, beers and ciders sits outside a Southampton convenience store, while baskets brimming with more stock lie untouched inside the shop.

But this is all part of a festive clearout of a very different kind.

Staff from the Co-op Welcome store at the Liberty Quays student accommodation complex in Terminus Terrace have been forced to throw away nine skips full of food, drink and cigarettes worth a total of £60,000 after they were ruined by a major sewage leak.

The store was left swimming in contaminated water after the caps blew off seven separate pipes in the ceiling, causing gallons of muck to gush into the building.

The freak incident, which is believed to have been caused by a build-up of rainwater, contaminated the shop’s entire stock, while also causing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage to the floor, counters and electrical equipment.

Staff at the store have been working around the clock since the incident at 7.50am last Friday morning, alongside Rentokill hygiene specialists, to remove the stock and clean the premises.

The flood has forced bosses to shut up shop until the new year with a complete refit now planned.

Owner Richard Inglis described the incident as “devastating”.

He said: “This has been very costly to our business and it’s the last thing we needed just before Christmas.

“We have got a very dedicated base of regular customers in the local area and it’s saddening that we can’t serve those customers over the Christmas period.

“We are really sorry we are closed and want to assure those customers that we will be opening as soon as we can.

“But because of the sewage contamination of the water it’s not worth taking the risk. The health of our customers is our primary concern and we don’t want anyone to get ill from any products they buy from us.”

Landlords Liberty Living were unavailable for comment last night.

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11:19am Fri 30 Nov 12

nedscrumpo says...

A rather unfortunate metaphor for the way councillors are treating their staff.
A rather unfortunate metaphor for the way councillors are treating their staff. nedscrumpo

11:32am Fri 30 Nov 12

georgetheseventh says...

Looks like the 5hit the fan then....!!
Wonder how much of this will be sold on the street after a quick wash down ?
Looks like the 5hit the fan then....!! Wonder how much of this will be sold on the street after a quick wash down ? georgetheseventh

11:39am Fri 30 Nov 12

Huey says...

georgetheseventh wrote:
Looks like the 5hit the fan then....!!
Wonder how much of this will be sold on the street after a quick wash down ?
Students won't mind, free fags and booze, might taste a bit funny though.
[quote][p][bold]georgetheseventh[/bold] wrote: Looks like the 5hit the fan then....!! Wonder how much of this will be sold on the street after a quick wash down ?[/p][/quote]Students won't mind, free fags and booze, might taste a bit funny though. Huey

11:53am Fri 30 Nov 12

Shoong says...

Most of that stuff tastes like schit anyway.
Most of that stuff tastes like schit anyway. Shoong

1:20pm Fri 30 Nov 12

chunky_lover says...

I hope the council compensate for this.
I hope the council compensate for this. chunky_lover

2:31pm Fri 30 Nov 12

StuKeith says...

The bottles are sealed! Stick them in some hot soapy water to wash and pour drink into a glass!
The bottles are sealed! Stick them in some hot soapy water to wash and pour drink into a glass! StuKeith

3:11pm Fri 30 Nov 12

G0Rf says...

wow
the skip lorry driver is going to have a very meery christmas!
hahah
wow the skip lorry driver is going to have a very meery christmas! hahah G0Rf

4:13pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

I bet the bin dippers thought it was Christmas!
I bet the bin dippers thought it was Christmas! Fatty x Ford Worker

6:33pm Fri 30 Nov 12

IronLady2010 says...

Glad to see they are acting responsibly and not just washing the stock under a tap and selling it on.

Well done guys, look forward to visiting you in the new year.

I saw the damage the day it happened, not a pleasant sight!
Glad to see they are acting responsibly and not just washing the stock under a tap and selling it on. Well done guys, look forward to visiting you in the new year. I saw the damage the day it happened, not a pleasant sight! IronLady2010

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