Harbor Freight Tools now has a Stephenville store, in University Plaza — creating approximately 35 new jobs.


The store already has a "soft" opening underway, but its official opening will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1.


The Harbor Freight store, at 2125 W. Washington St., has 15,400 square feet of space. It’s the 86th Harbor Freight store in Texas.


"We’re ready to serve and deliver value to customers in Stephenville and all of Erath County," Stephenville Harbor Freight store manager Adriana Blizzard said. "At Harbor Freight, we recognize that now, more than ever, our customers depend of Harbor Freight for 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."


The Stephenville store will be open seven days a week — 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. After the COVID-19 crisis has passed, the store’s regular hours will expand to 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.


The store will offer a full selection of tools and accessories for a wide range of uses, including automotive, air and power tools, storage, outdoor power equipment, generators, welding supplies, shop equipment and hand tools. Harbor Freight’s hand tools come with a lifetime warranty.


Harbor Freight was founded in 1977 in Southern California. Now there are more than 20,000 employees in all at 1,000-plus Harbor Freight stores across the nation.


A company news release states, "During the COVID-19 crisis, all Harbor Freight stores have implemented more frequent cleaning and are following the guidelines from the Centers 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 our website, www.harborfreight.com rather than in our stores."


The news release also states, "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."


More information on the company can be found online (harborfreight.com), or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.