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Jobs still available says store opponent

By Carmarthen Journal  |  Posted: December 12, 2012

By Graeme Wilkinson

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A BUSINESSMAN who fought the Sainsbury's development in Llandeilo says the town has the potential to create up to 90 extra jobs next year.

Simon Buckley, of Evan Evans Brewery, said Llandeilo was more than capable of surviving the decision by the supermarket chain to withdraw its plans for a store in the community.

It was announced recently that the company had dropped its bid, instead focusing on its application to build in Cross Hands.

Mr Buckley said: "Sainsbury's is gone — a decision that this town will not regret.For those Sainsbury's supporters, Cross Hands is not far away, and we will get on and start helping those that genuinely want to work in our community."

He said there was already potential in town to replace the extra jobs promised by the supermarket, including at his own firm on the Beechwood Estate.

"There are potentially 30 jobs available for the early part of 2013," he said. "There will be additional jobs from companies such as mine once planning has been given to our site

"I believe that Llandeilo could easily create another 60 jobs from businesses that I am aware of, and we for one will sponsor a Llandeilo jobs website, which will open in January 2013."

Mark James, chief executive of Carmarthenshire Council, has said he doubts the lost supermarket jobs can be replaced.

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  • cresswell1  |  December 13 2012, 7:11PM

    well said Dan01

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  • Dan01  |  December 12 2012, 10:28PM

    A troubled conscience Mr buckley? Self interest by a few dictating to the silent majority. I was born and bred in llandeilo and i reckon 90 % of locals were relying on sainsbury coming to give them more choice and affordability.

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  • cresswell1  |  December 12 2012, 7:44PM

    What a load of rubbish, it was you and your mates that have cost the people of llandeilo these jobs, i hope you are proud of yourself. not Llandeilo will become more of a run down than it is now, well done

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