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Harbor Freight Tools new location in Paso Robles

Harbor Freight Tools’ new location in Paso Robles

Store is now hiring 25-30 people for new jobs

Harbor Freight Tools on Tuesday announced that it will be opening a new store in Paso Robles. The store will be located at 160 Niblick Road in the Woodland II shopping center where Staples was previously located before it closed in October. The new store is expected to open this spring. An official opening date will be announced closer to opening, company spokesperson Lisa Hartley said.

“We’ve been looking to open a location in Paso Robles for a number of years so that we can provide the tools and equipment at tremendous values to the community,” said Harbor Freight Tools Senior VP Trey Feiler. “In addition to finding a great location, we were attracted by the availability of great associates in the Paso Robles area, and we look forward to having them join the Harbor Freight team.”

The store is expected to bring between 25 and 30 new jobs to the community, including sales and logistic supervisors, senior associates, sales associates, and seasonal opportunities as well. Harbor Freight Tools offers a competitive starting rate along with a best-in-class retail benefits package that includes robust health coverage, and Thanksgiving and Christmas off, the company said in a news release.

Harbor Freight provides stability and the opportunity to advance in a company that continues to grow, with over 23,000 associates and more than 1,100 locations nationwide, the news release said. Forbes Magazine recently recognized Harbor Freight as the country’s number one employer for Veterans as well as one of the top 20 large employers in all of retail. In addition, has named Harbor Freight one of their 2021 Top Employers, citing the company’s commitment to recruiting and hiring from all diversity groups. Interested applicants can apply online at and search “Paso Robles, CA”.

Construction has already begun at the new location, using local workers and companies from the surrounding Paso Robles area, she said.

About Harbor Freight Tools

For more than 40 years, Harbor Freight Tools has been America’s go-to source for affordable tools, the company says. 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 the customer.

The company opened its first store in 1980. Today, Harbor Freight Tools has 1,100 stores across the country, 23,000 associates, and more than 40 million customers who depend on Harbor Freight’s quality and value to earn a living, repair their homes and cars, and pursue their hobbies. 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 600 new tools and accessories. Harbor Freight Tools is one of the nation’s fastest-growing retailers, opening two new stores every week, the company says.

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