Harbor Freight Tools to open FD location

Harbor Freight Tools, a national retailer selling tools and equipment, will be opening a new store in Fort Dodge, the company recently announced.

The store will be located at 2950 Fifth Aven. S. It is anticipated to open this winter.

An official opening date will be announced closer to opening, the company said in a statement.

Construction has already begun using local workers and companies from the surrounding Fort Dodge area.

“We’ve been looking to open a location in Fort Dodge for a number of years so that we can provide the tools and equipment at tremendous values to the community,” said Trey Feiler, senior vice president, real estate and construction for Harbor Freight Tools. “In addition to finding a great location, we were attracted by the availability of great associates in the Fort Dodge area, and we look forward to having them join the Harbor Freight team.”

The store is expected to bring between 25 and 30 new jobs to the community, including sales and logistic supervisors, senior associates, sales associates, and seasonal opportunities.

Harbor Freight Tools, a family-owned company headquartered in Calabasas, California, started in southern California in 1977. That’s when17-year-old Eric Smidt began transforming his father’s small phone sales business into a successful mail order company, bypassing the resellers, dealing directly with factories and passing the savings on to the customer. The company opened its first store in 1980.

Today Harbor Freight Tools has over 1,200 stores across the country, 24,000 associates and more than 40 million customers who depend on Harbor Freight’s quality and value to earn a living, repair their homes and cars and pursue their hobbies.

With core values of excellence and continuous improvement, Harbor Freight Tools works to constantly improve the quality of its products and this year will introduce more than 800 new tools and accessories.


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