Harbor Freight Tools is coming to Bristol this summer.  The new store is slated for the former Staples building, located at 871 Farmington Avenue and will be the tenth Harbor Freight Tools store in Connecticut.

The 24,000-square-foot store will stock a full selection of tools and accessories in categories including automotive, air and power tools, storage, outdoor power equipment, generators, welding supplies, shop equipment, hand tools and more. Harbor Freight’s hand tools come with a lifetime warranty. 

In the coming months, Harbor Freight Tools plans to hire a number of full- and part-time positions for the new Bristol store, including sales and stocking associates, supervisors and managers. To apply, visit harborfreightjobs.com

The City of Bristol has been working with Harbor Freight Tools for the last several months to finalize site specific issues and their participation in the tax abatement program,” said Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu.

“This 4-year abatement was an important component in filling this retail space, and will allow them to invest in some much-needed infrastructure improvements that are needed for their specific build-out.”

“We are pleased they have chosen Bristol as the location for their ninth store here in Connecticut. As a family-owned business with over 1,000 stores throughout the country, offering homeowners, businesses, and contractors a new affordable option for purchasing tools as well as providing a number of people an opportunity to work for them is a win-win for Bristol,” stated Justin Malley, the City’s Economic & Community Development Director. 

Harbor Freight Tools is a family-owned company that started in Southern California in 1977 by then 17-year-old Eric Smidt, who began by transforming his father’s phone sales business into a mail-order company. Smidt then bypassed resellers and cut deals directly with factories to pass on savings to the customer, according to Hartley.

The company opened its first store in 1980 and now has more than 1,000 stores nationwide and employs more than 20,000 people to service more than 40 million customers.

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