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    hello121 wrote:
    Fatty x Ford Worker wrote:
    SOULJACKER wrote:
    Fatty x Ford Worker wrote:
    I think a lot of them (not all though) do try really hard.
    I worked with quite a few of them in 2010 & they were all good friends that would do anything for you, but when I lost my job & had to go the job centre it seemed full of old drunken "Eastern types" that didn't speak a word of English, didn't seem to have ever worked over here & probably weren't that capable either!

    They all seemed to know how to work the system please don't deem what I have said as racist cause it's not, it's just my observations :D
    Until we look after our OWN and yes I mean born here , the country will be in total **** . You can guarantee that if the benefit swindle was stopped , 50 % would go home yesterday .. NO not all are illegal s on benefit but at least the Brit s had parents / grandfather s etc who paid taxes . If we do not say NO now then for all the ethnic MAJORITY will just flood in like a TSUNAMI . charity should start at home ! why do our OWN OLD / DISABLED etc have to suffer from the drain on OUR state ????
    Shut up you idiot racist.
    Yep you are now a racist, welcome to the club my friend, lol.......I told you, you can't have a point of view in this country cause you will upset somebody............
    ....Democracy wins the day :P"
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Year-long wait for Southampton Costco jobs

Artist's impression of the Costco store

Artist's impression of the Costco store

First published in Southampton 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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