About Harbor Freight Tools
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, bypassing the resellers, dealing directly with factories, and passing the savings on to customers. Today more than 40 million customers depend on Harbor Freight’s quality and value to earn a living, repair their homes and cars and pursue their hobbies.
The company opened its first store in 1980. Harbor Freight Tools is one of the nation’s fastest-growing retailers, with more than 1,200 stores across the country and opening two new stores every week. With 24,000 employees, the company was recently recognized by Forbes as both one of the 20 best large companies to work for in retail, one of 20 best large companies for women to work for in retail, one of the best large companies for diversity, and one of the nation’s Best Employers for Veterans for the second year in a row. The company has also been recognized well as one of the country’s top employers in terms of diversity and inclusion by DiversityJobs.com.
With core values of excellence and continuous improvement, Harbor Freight Tools works to constantly improve the quality of its products and this year will introduce more than 700 new tools and accessories. Harbor Freight Tools locations are open 7 days a week, Mondays through Saturdays from 8 am to 8 pm and on Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm.