Aldi Stores (Ireland) has today opened its new regional distribution centre in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, creating 160 new jobs.

Aldi is currently engaged in a three-year store expansion programme that will see 20 new stores open across the country resulting in 300 new jobs.

The new regional centre, measuring almost 60,000sq.m, is Aldi's second major distribution hub in Ireland.

It has the capacity to service in excess of 100 Aldi stores and has over 70 loading bays.

The new centre will service Aldi's stores in Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Clare, Mayo, Galway, Kilkenny and Wexford.

The company said it expects that as its store expansion programme continues, employee numbers at the distribution centre will also continue to grow.