Discount supermarket chain Aldi is to create more than 1,000 new jobs across the country this year and will also open a number of new stores.
The new roles announced on Wednesday will include 700 permanent positions and 350 temporary jobs.
The German company will be hiring managers, assistant managers and store assistants for shops across the country.
Aldi will open four new stores in the coming months at Dunshaughlin in Co Meath, Douglas in Co Cork, Newbridge in Co Kildare and Bayside in Dublin. Stores in Cahersiveen and Killarney in Co Kerry will follow later this year.
It has also submitted six new store planning applications in the past year, seeking permission to open shops in Castlecomer, Roaches St. Limerick, Ballybrit, Ballyhaunis, Kanturk and Shannon.
Additional staff are required to help meet ongoing customer demand across the Aldi store network. Over 500 additional employees have been successfully hired since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tánaiste and Minister for Business Leo Varadkar welcomed the announcement and said it was a “fantastic boost for our economy.”
Aldi currently employs more than 4,500 people in the Republic.