Aldi is planning a new RDC in the Republic of Ireland.

The €100m centre, which will include large office, warehouse and loading spaces, will be located on a 32-acre site in Mitchelstown, County Cork, serving stores in that county as well as in Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford. The project will create 160 jobs.

Pre-planning meetings have already taken place between Aldi and county council officials and the development has been welcomed in a town that lost almost 400 jobs last year when the Dairygold co-op closed its Galtee plant.

An Aldi spokesman said the town had been chosen because "it is a strong location with a skilled workforce". Construction will start next summer.

Aldi now has a network of 52 stores across the Republic, with a national distribution centre in Naas, Co Kildare, and plans another five stores in Cork next year. Between them, discounters Aldi and rival Lidl now have about 7% of the Irish grocery market.