Lidl Ireland has announced that it will invest more than € 75 million to expand its existing regional distribution center in Mullingar, County Westmeath and create at least 1,200 construction jobs.
The expansion work will increase the capacity of the Robinstown facility to 62,000 square meters and when completed will make it one of the largest buildings in the country.
The company said the expanded facility would be partially powered by solar panels, which would provide enough energy to roughly meet the facility’s energy needs.
Lidl has announced that it will expand its distribution center in Mullingar. Image: lens men
“We have a longstanding relationship with the local community in Mullingar and we want to continue supporting them to get our economy back on track after an incredibly difficult period for Irish businesses,” said JP Scally, CEO of Lidl Ireland.
‘The expansion of our regional distribution center will support those in the construction industry, an industry that has faced many challenges over the past few months.
‘We are thrilled to have our contractors on site as we begin redeveloping our facility to ensure we are investing in a sustainable future for our customers, our colleagues and the communities we serve.
Lidl Ireland CEO JP Scally (right) with Treasury Secretary Paschal Donohoe in November 2019. Picture: Robbie Reynolds
The facility will also include 25,000 m² of cold storage, a state-of-the-art cold and heat recovery system that will provide the warehouse with hearing heat.
Lidl employs almost 400 people in Mullingar in its distribution center and two branches in the city.
The company is also committed to supporting local mullingar businesses and community groups by offering grants worth € 15,000 to companies that match its ethos.
Lidl has three distribution centers in Ireland. Image: Robbie Reynolds
Lidl announced the creation of 1,200 new jobs earlier this year and currently employs more than 5,000 people in its 168 stores, its headquarters in Dublin and three regional distribution centers in Ireland.