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Harbor Freight Tools will celebrate the grand opening of its new store in Hot Springs today, with doors opening at 8 a.m.

The store, located at 3818 Central Ave., will be the 13th Harbor Freight Tools store to open in Arkansas and "based on the volume of customers in our existing stores, we believe Hot Springs will be equally successful," Lisa Hartley, media coordinator for Harbor Freight, told The Sentinel-Record Monday.

"Harbor Freight Tools is expanding rapidly, and we hear from customers all around the country that they want stores in their town," Hartley said.

Other Arkansas locations include Batesville, Benton, Conway, Fort Smith, Jacksonville, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Mountain Home, Rogers, Russellville, Searcy and Springdale, she said.

The 15,000-square-foot store in Hot Springs stocks a full selection of tools and accessories in categories including automotive, air and power tools, storage, outdoor power equipment, generators, welding supplies, shop equipment, and hand tools, a news release said. All Harbor Freight's hand tools come with a lifetime warranty.

"We're excited to serve customers in the great city of Hot Springs," Chemane Johnson, store manager, said in the release. "At Harbor Freight, we're passionate about providing our customers with the tools they need to get the job done, and always at an affordable price. We look forward to welcoming auto technicians, contractors, woodworkers, homeowners, hobbyists -- anyone who needs affordable tools."

The store is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

"For more than 40 years, Harbor Freight Tools has been America's go-to source for affordable tools. The family owned company started in southern California in 1977, when 17-year-old Eric Smidt began transforming his father's small phone sales business into a successful mail-order company," the release said.

"That first year, Eric bypassed the resellers and cut deals directly with factories, realizing that if he could buy tools directly for less, he could pass the savings on to the customer. The company opened its first store in 1980, and today Harbor Freight Tools has nearly 1,000 stores across the country, 20,000 employees and more than 40 million customers. ... "

Harbor Freight Tools is one of the nation's fastest-growing retailers, opening two new stores every week.

Still privately owned by Smidt and based in Calabasas, Calif., Harbor Freight Tools "has remained true to its humble beginnings. The stores are clean but simple, designed to be welcoming to a worker right off the job site and packed with deals and treasures so every visit discovers a new find -- always at an unbeatable price," the release said.

This year, the company will introduce more than 600 new tools and accessories and offers customers "even deeper discounts" with special coupon pricing, the release said.

Another of the company's core values is giving back to the communities it serves. Harbor Freight Tools supports nonprofit organizations that serve K-12 public education, first responders and veterans, it said.

The company is also a major supporter of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, an initiative of The Smidt Foundation, established by the company's founder, to support the advancement of skilled trades education in America. Its flagship initiative is the annual Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, which honors 18 public high school skilled trades teachers and their programs with $1 million in cash awards.

Local on 06/12/2019

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