Name of business: Harbor Freight Tools
Type of business: Hardware store
Location 2800 N Tegner Rd., Turlock
Hours: During pandemic, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; After pandemic, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Contact information: 209-250-7071
Specialty: Affordable tools
History of business:
With this month’s arrival of the city’s newest retail addition, Turlockers now have a one-stop shop for all things tools.
Harbor Freight Tools opened its doors last week as an essential service during the coronavirus pandemic, bringing approximately 35 new jobs to the community. The new, 15,000 square-foot Turlock Harbor Freight is the company’s 112th store in California, bringing with it a fully-stocked selection of tools and accessories for the community’s needs: automotive, air and power, storage, outdoor power equipment, generators, welding supplies, shop equipment, hand tools (which come with a lifetime warranty) and much more.
The store is the second tool provider to roll into town in the last five months, with Ace Hardware opening on Geer Road in December after moving into the former Orchard Supply Hardware location. A grand opening ceremony for Harbor Freight is planned for May 16.
The company believes that Harbor Freight’s smaller size provides an easy shopping environment compared to larger, warehouse retailers.
“We’re ready to serve and deliver value to customers in Turlock and all of Stanislaus County,” store manager Garth Reinhardt said. “At Harbor Freight, we recognize that now, more than ever, our customers depend on Harbor Freight for the tools they need to get the job done at an affordable price. We are the place for quality tools at the lowest prices for mechanics, contractors, homeowners and hobbyists — any tool user who cares about value.”
While Harbor Freight Tools’ prices are already affordable, the business offers customers even deeper discounts with special coupon pricing. Customers can sign up to receive a monthly coupon book by mail or email with dozens of product coupons and additional discounts. To sign up, visit HarborFreightSignUp.com.
In addition to making sure their customers are able to find the best deals on the tools they need; Harbor Freight is also taking care of the community during the coronavirus pandemic.
In order to help protect healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients, Harbor Freight recently donated its entire stock of nitrile gloves, N-95 masks and face shields to hospitals in every community served by a Harbor Freight Tools store.
Harbor Freight Tools is also a major supporter of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, an initiative of The Smidt Foundation, established by company’s founder Eric Smidt, to advance excellent skilled trades education in public high schools America. The program’s 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 skilled trades educators are encouraged to apply for this year’s prize at hftforschoolsprize.org. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. May 20 and winners will be announced in October 2020.
Harbor Freight Tools also supports non-profit organizations that serve K-12 public education, first responders and veterans. For more information on the gift card donations program, visit harborfreightgivingback.org.
During the COVID-19 crisis, 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 our customers and associates. Any individual who has any COVID-19 symptoms is asked to shop on the store’s website, www.harborfreight.com rather than in the store.