Harbor Freight set to open by September

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BUCKHANNON — The discount tool supplier that promises its customers “ridiculously low prices” plans to open its new Buckhannon location at the end of August.

Harbor Freight Tools spokeswoman Lisa Hartley said Thursday that a soft opening for the Buckhannon store — which will be located at 3 Northridge Dr. — has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 28. The store’s grand opening, also considered tentative, is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 12. Hartley emphasized both dates are subject to change.

Hartley said Harbor Freight plans to hire 35 to 40 employees to work in the 15,000-square-foot building, which was constructed by Monco Constructors Inc.

Harbor Freight’s president, Eric Smidt, extended an invitation to Upshur County residents to come peruse the store’s wares.

“We’re thrilled to be opening our seventh Harbor Freight Tools store in West Virginia and very pleased by the warm welcome we’ve received in Buckhannon,” Smidt said in a press release. “At Harbor Freight, we’re all about delivering high quality tools at ridiculously low prices. We do it by manufacturing our tools at the same factories as the expensive brands, but we cut out the middle man and pass the savings onto our customers.”

“We’ve also invested millions of dollars to build and operate our state-of-the-art quality test labs to ensure that we’re constantly driving quality at the lowest price,” Smidt continued. “We invite everyone in the Buckhannon area to visit our new store at 3 Northridge Drive and see why if you buy tools anywhere else, you’re throwing your money away.”

According to the press release, Harbor Freight was founded in North Hollywood, Calif. in 1977, but the headquarters have since moved to Calabasas, Calif. The discount tool supplier maintains over 900 locations nationwide and stocks 7,000 items in the following areas: automotive, air and power tools, shop equipment and hand tools.

“With a commitment to quality and a lifetime guarantee on all hand tools, Harbor Freight Tools is a favorite of automotive and truck repair shops, government agencies, schools, manufacturers, contractors and tool enthusiasts who want top quality and great selection and value,” the press release also states.

To apply for a job at the Buckhannon location, visit https://bit.ly/2Bt3Bxc. To learn more about Harbor Freight, visit its website at www.harborfreight.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/harbor.f.tools.

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