Seán Kelly says investing more jobs in cities outside of Dublin will help entice people out of the congested capital.
The Range home, garden, and leisure store is opening in the Four Lakes Retail Park.
Jobs available include Healthcare assistant roles, social care staff and qualified nurses.
28 staff are employed at the shop in total.
Councillor Phelan says he feels like Carlow is getting second billing
20 jobs have been created in recent months
The funding, which it's hoped will drive enterprise development and job creation, is coming from the Department of Jobs.
It's emerged St Catherine's nursing home is set to close
Roles will be available in technical, engineering, biochemistry, biology, quality and operations.
A consultation event is taking place in Carlow this morning for the managers, staff and volunteers in their Kilkenny, Carlow, and surrounding...