Costco set to open in Southampton in 2012

Daily Echo: Giant warehouse store gets go ahead Giant warehouse store gets go ahead

A GIANT cash and carry warehouse could open in Southampton as early as next summer after the scheme was approved by planners.

Up to 132 full-time and 117 part-time jobs will be created when low-cost wholesaler Costco opens its multi-million pound store on part of the former BAT site at Millbrook.

Spanning 13,000 sq m and offering 4,000 different items, the giant store will help confirm the city’s status as the south’s retail hub.

Southampton City Council’s planning panel voted in favour of the scheme, which could be ready by summer 2012.

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4:10pm Wed 16 Feb 11

loosehead says...

The people who cheered about the closing of production & the loss of one thousand well paid jobs have got what they wanted,a city full of shops & low paid jobs.now the smokers are still going to smoke they'll just buy cheap imports & the countries Southampton exported to are still going to buy but not from this country,it's about time we either ban cigarettes altogether or we leave it alone oh! I don't smoke
The people who cheered about the closing of production & the loss of one thousand well paid jobs have got what they wanted,a city full of shops & low paid jobs.now the smokers are still going to smoke they'll just buy cheap imports & the countries Southampton exported to are still going to buy but not from this country,it's about time we either ban cigarettes altogether or we leave it alone oh! I don't smoke loosehead

3:03am Thu 17 Feb 11

TEBOURBA says...

Building the BAT factory in Regent's Park circa 1940's was probably O.K. as then most people walked, cycled or caught the tram to work and people enjoyed and expected to work close to home.
With the changes in life style over the past 70 years and the benefit of hindsight situating a factory here was a huge mistake.
The closing of the BAT factory was a golden opportunity to have the large area it occupied, re-zoned as residential
as it sits in the middle of a prime residential area.
Was a study on the safety and environmental impact of delivery, employee and customer traffic generated by a superstore of this size ever done?
Regent's Park Road and Waterhouse Way are primarily residential roads already dangerously overcrowded and used daily by many children attending Foundry Lane, Tanner's Brook and Regent's Park Schools.
Millbrook Road, presumably the main arterial feed to the site is so congested it is often totally gridlocked.
The quality of life for local residents will suffer, as will the livelihoods of many small retailers, who for generations have provided excellent service to the community, I refer inparticular to the newsagents, pharmacy, cafe, pubs and take aways in Regent's Park Road, Waterhouse Way and its adjoining roads and in the Millbrook Road Service Road.
I cannot think of ONE good reason for locating a superstore of this nature here when there are far more suitable out of town locations away from residential areas but close to motorway links such as Hedge End, Nursling, Bursledon.
Perhaps the City Planning Dept in its wisdom can advise of its logic.
By any measure it is a totally ludicrous location.
Before people call me a NIMBY I would say that I moved away from the Regent's Park area many years ago and have no involvement with any of the retailers there but I have always looked upon it as a pleasant residential area of Southampton in which to live and bring up a family.
Costco will destroy it!
Building the BAT factory in Regent's Park circa 1940's was probably O.K. as then most people walked, cycled or caught the tram to work and people enjoyed and expected to work close to home. With the changes in life style over the past 70 years and the benefit of hindsight situating a factory here was a huge mistake. The closing of the BAT factory was a golden opportunity to have the large area it occupied, re-zoned as residential as it sits in the middle of a prime residential area. Was a study on the safety and environmental impact of delivery, employee and customer traffic generated by a superstore of this size ever done? Regent's Park Road and Waterhouse Way are primarily residential roads already dangerously overcrowded and used daily by many children attending Foundry Lane, Tanner's Brook and Regent's Park Schools. Millbrook Road, presumably the main arterial feed to the site is so congested it is often totally gridlocked. The quality of life for local residents will suffer, as will the livelihoods of many small retailers, who for generations have provided excellent service to the community, I refer inparticular to the newsagents, pharmacy, cafe, pubs and take aways in Regent's Park Road, Waterhouse Way and its adjoining roads and in the Millbrook Road Service Road. I cannot think of ONE good reason for locating a superstore of this nature here when there are far more suitable out of town locations away from residential areas but close to motorway links such as Hedge End, Nursling, Bursledon. Perhaps the City Planning Dept in its wisdom can advise of its logic. By any measure it is a totally ludicrous location. Before people call me a NIMBY I would say that I moved away from the Regent's Park area many years ago and have no involvement with any of the retailers there but I have always looked upon it as a pleasant residential area of Southampton in which to live and bring up a family. Costco will destroy it! TEBOURBA

3:34pm Thu 17 Feb 11

Keith Oftergrass says...

TEBOURBA wrote:
Building the BAT factory in Regent's Park circa 1940's was probably O.K. as then most people walked, cycled or caught the tram to work and people enjoyed and expected to work close to home.
With the changes in life style over the past 70 years and the benefit of hindsight situating a factory here was a huge mistake.
The closing of the BAT factory was a golden opportunity to have the large area it occupied, re-zoned as residential
as it sits in the middle of a prime residential area.
Was a study on the safety and environmental impact of delivery, employee and customer traffic generated by a superstore of this size ever done?
Regent's Park Road and Waterhouse Way are primarily residential roads already dangerously overcrowded and used daily by many children attending Foundry Lane, Tanner's Brook and Regent's Park Schools.
Millbrook Road, presumably the main arterial feed to the site is so congested it is often totally gridlocked.
The quality of life for local residents will suffer, as will the livelihoods of many small retailers, who for generations have provided excellent service to the community, I refer inparticular to the newsagents, pharmacy, cafe, pubs and take aways in Regent's Park Road, Waterhouse Way and its adjoining roads and in the Millbrook Road Service Road.
I cannot think of ONE good reason for locating a superstore of this nature here when there are far more suitable out of town locations away from residential areas but close to motorway links such as Hedge End, Nursling, Bursledon.
Perhaps the City Planning Dept in its wisdom can advise of its logic.
By any measure it is a totally ludicrous location.
Before people call me a NIMBY I would say that I moved away from the Regent's Park area many years ago and have no involvement with any of the retailers there but I have always looked upon it as a pleasant residential area of Southampton in which to live and bring up a family.
Costco will destroy it!
ONE good reason ..... how about the Government Planning Laws preventing out of town retail development - weren't you around when the Ikea debate raged ? Duhh !
As for the local small retailers - presumably you are including the Sex Shopamongst the excellent services offered ????
[quote][p][bold]TEBOURBA[/bold] wrote: Building the BAT factory in Regent's Park circa 1940's was probably O.K. as then most people walked, cycled or caught the tram to work and people enjoyed and expected to work close to home. With the changes in life style over the past 70 years and the benefit of hindsight situating a factory here was a huge mistake. The closing of the BAT factory was a golden opportunity to have the large area it occupied, re-zoned as residential as it sits in the middle of a prime residential area. Was a study on the safety and environmental impact of delivery, employee and customer traffic generated by a superstore of this size ever done? Regent's Park Road and Waterhouse Way are primarily residential roads already dangerously overcrowded and used daily by many children attending Foundry Lane, Tanner's Brook and Regent's Park Schools. Millbrook Road, presumably the main arterial feed to the site is so congested it is often totally gridlocked. The quality of life for local residents will suffer, as will the livelihoods of many small retailers, who for generations have provided excellent service to the community, I refer inparticular to the newsagents, pharmacy, cafe, pubs and take aways in Regent's Park Road, Waterhouse Way and its adjoining roads and in the Millbrook Road Service Road. I cannot think of ONE good reason for locating a superstore of this nature here when there are far more suitable out of town locations away from residential areas but close to motorway links such as Hedge End, Nursling, Bursledon. Perhaps the City Planning Dept in its wisdom can advise of its logic. By any measure it is a totally ludicrous location. Before people call me a NIMBY I would say that I moved away from the Regent's Park area many years ago and have no involvement with any of the retailers there but I have always looked upon it as a pleasant residential area of Southampton in which to live and bring up a family. Costco will destroy it![/p][/quote]ONE good reason ..... how about the Government Planning Laws preventing out of town retail development - weren't you around when the Ikea debate raged ? Duhh ! As for the local small retailers - presumably you are including the Sex Shopamongst the excellent services offered ???? Keith Oftergrass

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