The new site spans over 600,000 square feet and will create 400 new jobs.
According to Aldi, the new site, which is located close to where the borders of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire meet, is due to serve 80 stores across the East Midlands.
It is expected also that the new distribution centre, Aldi’s 11th in the UK, will create hundreds of new jobs.
The move forms part of Aldi’s plan to invest £1 billion in new stores, store upgrades and improving distribution capabilities.
Giles Hurley, chief executive of Aldi UK & Ireland, said: “Our new Sawley distribution centre significantly increases our capacity and allows us to open even more stores across the East Midlands to cater for the growing number of shoppers switching to Aldi.
"Although some of our newest and most popular stores are situated in the East Midlands, there are still many towns and cities where we have a limited presence or none at all. This is something that we are looking to address in the coming years.”