Lidl Ireland is set to invest more than €75 million in an extension of its regional distribution centre in Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

It said the extension will support at least 1,200 construction jobs with local contractors throughout the development phase.

The new development at Robinstown will increase the capacity of the facility to 62,000 sq.m and will be one of the largest buildings in the country on completion.

Lidl said the extended facility will be partly powered by solar panels, providing enough energy to meet around a quarter of the facility’s energy requirements.

"We are very pleased to welcome our contractors on site as we start to redevelop our facility, ensuring we are investing in a sustainable future for our customers, our colleagues and the communities we serve," said J.P. Scally, CEO of Lidl Ireland & Northern Ireland.

Lidl currently employs almost 400 people in Mullingar across two stores and its distribution centre.

It has committed to further support local Mullingar businesses and community groups by offering €15,000 worth of bursaries to those "that align with the retailer's ethos".

Earlier this year Lidl Ireland announced that it was creating 1,200 new jobs.

It now employs more than 5,000 people across its operations in Ireland, including its network of 168 stores, Dublin Head Office and three Regional Distribution Centres.