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Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Harbor Freight Tools set to open July 4
Harbor Freight Building
The new 15,000-square-foot store is being constructed at 24118 Highway 80 East, directly across the street from Parkers and the former Applebees Restaura - photo by DeWAYNE GRICE/Staff

A few months ago, I announced the entry of Harbor Freight Tools into the Statesboro market. 

The new 15,000-square-foot store is being constructed at 24118 Highway 80 East, directly across the street from Parker’s and the former Applebee’s Restaurant. The exterior of the building is coming along and they are projecting a Grand Opening on July 4, dependent on the construction schedule.

Harbor Freight was founded in North Hollywood, Calif., in 1977 and is now based in Calabasas, Calif.  Harbor Freight Tools is the leading discount tool retailer in the U.S. selling tools at what it describes as "ridiculously low prices" in more than 850 stores nationwide and on its website 

Harbor Freight stocks more than 7,000 items in categories including automotive, air and power tools, shop equipment and hand tools. The company says its commitment to quality and a lifetime guarantee on all hand tools, make Harbor Freight a favorite of automotive and truck repair shops, government agencies, schools, manufacturers, contractors and tool enthusiasts. 

The popularity of Harbor Freight Tools speak for itself, with more than 30 million customers nationwide and thousands of people switching to Harbor Freight Tools every day.  

My father-in-law, Rick Hutchison, is one of the most techno-savvy do-it-yourself guys I know.  He introduced me to Harbor Freight when they opened in Savannah and I quickly discovered it is a store that has something for everyone.  

The Statesboro Harbor Freight will be the third one in our area.  The Savannah store has been open for years and the Vidalia Store opened last year. They plan to employee 35-40 when open.  To learn more about job opportunities in Statesboro go to

 “We're thrilled to be opening our 26th Harbor Freight Tools store in Georgia and very pleased by the warm welcome we've received in Statesboro" said Eric Smidt, president of Harbor Freight Tools. "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 on to our customers.

“We've also invested millions of dollars to build and operate our own state-of-the-art quality test labs to ensure that we're constantly driving quality at the lowest possible price. We invite everyone in the Statesboro area to visit our new store at 24148 Highway 80 East and see why if you buy tools anywhere else, you're throwing your money away.” 

My father-in-law and I share a common bond that most men possess and that is a tremendous disinterest in shopping. Harbor Freight is a rare exception. Like other stores who have entered our market over the past few years, Harbor Freight will fill a unique niche and I predict will be well received.  

Equally worth noting is that this new store will help increase traffic to that area of Highway 80, which, hopefully, will spur continued investment. Nick Propps of Statesboro Properties was the realtor who handled their entry into our market.

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