Lidl UK has announced the purchase of its 17th distribution centre, which could lead to as many as 500 new jobs once operational.

The supermarket has purchased a 38-acre site in Gildersome, Leeds, for a new regional distribution centre (RDC).

The RDC joins an existing pipeline of new Lidl warehouses, located in Doncaster, Bolton, Peterborough and Luton.

The news comes after Lidl announced the acquisition of a site near Luton earlier in the year, and forms part of the supermarket’s long term expansion ambitions, which include plans for a further four new warehouses in the coming years.

This will be Lidl’s 17th distribution centre in Great Britain, and is set to be approximately 60,000m² in size.

Ingo Fischer, Lidl UK board director for Expansion and Development, said: “As we continue to open new stores and serve more customers across the country, it’s important that we also continue to build foundations for the future.

“This latest investment joins a long line of Lidl warehouses set to open over the next seven years, which are all vital in supporting our growth.”

The purchase of the site forms part of Lidl UK’s £1.45bn expansion investment in Great Britain across 2017/18.