Up to 300 jobs are to be created by discount retailer Dealz.

The company, which is celebrating its first anniversary of trading in Ireland, is planning to open ten new stores by the end of next year at an investment of almost €3m.

Since launching in Ireland in September 2011, the company has opened 20 stores and it says it has created almost 600 Irish jobs.

Earlier this week, Dealz also celebrated the opening of their 20th store located in Midleton, Co Cork.