Discounter Lidl has today unveiled plans to open a new regional distribution centre in Leeds, which will help the retailer create 1,500 new jobs.

The retailer has unveiled plans to open a new 38-acre site in Gildersome, Leeds, which it said would create 400 new jobs as part of its wider ambitions to recruit more than 1,500 new distribution centre workers.

Lidl said the new Lees warehouse represents a “significant investment” and “showcases Lidl GB’s commitment to fostering local economic growth”.

The announcement comes as the retailer gears up to open its new Luton warehouse in August this year, which will be Lidl’s largest distribution centre globally.

Lidl GB chief development officer Richard Taylor said: “Our ambitious warehouse plans demonstrate our commitment to investing not only in our distribution network, but the country as a whole. An RDC in Leeds would be a great addition to the North, while we continue to keep a lookout for new sites in the South.

“In the last five years we have opened over 240,000 sq m of warehouse space and invested over £700m, but we need more space and people to help us meet our growth targets.

“We’ve built an impressive store portfolio across the country and our vision to have over 1,100 stores in Great Britain remains unchanged.”