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Harbor Freight to open in Ponderay

Staff Writer | November 3, 2020 1:00 AM

PONDERAY — A new Harbor Freight Tools will be opening in the community on Saturday, Nov. 14.

The store, located at 300 Bonner Mall Way, is the eighth Harbor Freight in Idaho. It is slated to open at 8 a.m.

The 18,300-square-foot store will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday according to a press release, and will resume its regular hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday after the COVID-19 crisis has passed.

“We’re ready to serve and deliver value to customers in Ponderay and all of Bonner County,” said Tony Rocco, store manager. “Now, more than ever, our customers depend on Harbor Freight for the tools they need to get the job done at an affordable price.”

The store will stock a full selection of tools and equipment in categories including automotive, air and power tools, storage, outdoor power equipment, generators, welding supplies, shop equipment, hand tools and more.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Harbor Freight stores have implemented more frequent cleaning and are following the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, including social distancing to protect the health and safety of customers and associates.

Harbor Freight Tools was founded in Southern California in 1977, when 17-year-old Eric Smidt began transforming his father’s small sales business into a successful mail order company. That first year, Smidt cut out the middlemen and sourced tools directly from the factories, realizing that if he could buy tools directly for less, he could pass the savings on to the customer.

Today, the family-owned Harbor Freight has over 1,100 stores across the country with over 21,000 employees.



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Harbor Freight Tools is located at 300 Bonner Mall Way, and is the eighth Harbor Freight in Idaho. It is slated to open Saturday, Nov. 14.