Up to 2,000 construction jobs will be created on a new €100 million Irish distribution centre and regional headquarters for supermarket giant Lidl.
Work has just begun on the new facility, which will be based in Newbridge, Co Kildare, and will be three times the size of the Aviva Stadium
It will be a key part of Lidl Ireland’s €200 million investment programme for 2018.
The new headquarters will cost half of that and is expected to be completed by November next year.
It is the company’s biggest single investment in Ireland since entering the market, where their total capital expenditure now exceeds €1.8 billion.
Once completed, the 54,000 m² distribution centre will create 100 new full-time positions, adding to the 250 staff already employed in the existing Newbridge distribution centre and will serve Lidl’s network of stores in the Leinster area.
The construction of the development in Newbridge will be managed by John Paul Construction, an Irish-owned leading international construction and infrastructure building company, following a competitive tender.
CEO of Kildare County Council, Peter Carey said: “Lidl’s decision to build a major new distribution centre here in Newbridge demonstrates its ongoing commitment to County Kildare where it opened its first distribution centre when it entered the Irish market 18 years ago.
“Work on this new facility will bring a major jobs boost to the local area with up to 2,000 construction jobs created during the construction phase followed by a further 100 new full-time roles joining the 250 permanent staff already employed at Lidl’s existing distribution centre just off Great Connell Road in Newbridge.
"The local community will also benefit from the construction of a new relief road locally which Lidl has committed to as part of the development.”
Director of Property and Central Services of Lidl Ireland, Alan Barry added: “Lidl has invested significantly in Ireland since it entered the market 18 years ago.
“As we continue to expand our operations to meet the growing demand of our customers we are making our single biggest annual investment since 2000.=
“Newbridge and its surrounding areas will benefit from significant job creation while consumers will be able to enjoy access to our expanded range of high quality, low cost produce for which Lidl has become famous.
“The larger distribution centre will also allow Lidl to handle greater volumes of produce from the 200 strong network of Irish suppliers from whom Lidl already sources over €700 million worth of Irish food and drink products.”