TESCO Ireland has created 49 jobs at its refurbished store in Dundalk.
It was officially opened yesterday by Small Business Minister Ged Nash after 14 months in construction.
The store employs 174 people, 90pc of whom are from the local area, with Tesco now employing almost 500 in Co Louth and over 15,000 nationally.
Mr Nash said the refurbished store was a signal of growing confidence in the retail sector.
"Retail is an important part of my remit as Minister for Business and Employment, and as part of my role I will be chairing a retail consultation frum which will have a particular focus on identifying areas where actions can be taken by all stakeholders to support the recovery of the sector," Mr Nash said.
"I congratulate Tesco and wish them and their employees well with their new store."
Tesco Ireland chief operating officer Geoff Byrne said 28 of the jobs went to those who are out of work.
"We're also delighted that our colleagues who worked in the previous store have transferred to the new store - meaning that we have a total of 174 people working in Tesco Extra Dundalk," Mr Byrne said.
"We have invested €28m in the store refurbishment and we hope all of our customers enjoy the new store layout which is designed to provide an enhanced shopping experience with an increased focus on fresh local produce."
Tesco Ireland has over 30,000 different produce lines across its 146 Irish stores, and the new Tesco Extra store in Dundalk features almost 25,000 product lines alone and more than 300 different lines of fruit and vegetables. Local suppliers include Total Produce, Hilton foods and Boyne Valley Foods.