Harbor Freight set for opening of Andalusia store in February

Published 2:45 pm Wednesday, January 25, 2023

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Harbor Freight Tools will officially open its new store in Andalusia on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 a.m. after holding a soft opening Tuesday.

Located at 122 Covington Mall, Harbor Freight will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Over 40 million customers, from professional contractors and technicians to homeowners and hobbyists, come to Harbor Freight to find the tools and equipment they need to get the job done. The company has assembled a world-class team of engineers and experts in all tool categories to ensure that its tools meet or exceed industry standards and deliver unsurpassed value.

The store will stock a full selection of tools and equipment in categories including automotive, air and power tools, storage, outdoor power equipment, generators, welding supplies, shop equipment, hand tools and much more. The stores are smaller and much easier to shop than the huge home centers.

This new store is the 27th Harbor Freight Tools store in Alabama. The company, which hires locally, has brought between 25-30 new jobs to the surrounding community.

Harbor Freight recognizes that its people are key to its success and is committed to being the best place to work in any industry. In 2021, Forbes Magazine recognized Harbor Freight as one of the top 20 large employers in all of retail, one of the top employers in terms of diversity, one of the top employers for women and one of the country’s top employers for Veterans.

“Our team is ready to serve and deliver value to customers in Andalusia and all of Covington County,” said Store Manager Brian Kelly. “At Harbor Freight, we recognize that now, more than ever, our customers depend on us for the tools they need to get the job done at an affordable price.”

Harbor Freight is the second of five national retailers opening in the Shoppes of Covington, formerly known as Covington Mall. Five Below opened in December, and next up after Harbor Freight will be Big Lots. They will be followed by Bealls and Marshalls in the spring.

These five new retailers are expected to generate 150 new retail jobs and an estimated payroll of $3.9 million as well as $18 million in annual retail sales.

About Harbor Freight Tools

Harbor Freight Tools started in 1977 as a Southern California based mail-order company. Harbor Freight is still owned and led by founder Eric Smidt, who learned long ago that by working directly with factories he could pass the savings on to the customer without compromising on quality.

The company opened its first store in 1980. Today, Harbor Freight Tools has over 1,300 stores across the country, 25,000 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. Harbor Freight Tools is one of the nation’s fastest growing retailers, opening two new stores every week.

For more information about Harbor Freight Tools, visit harborfreight.com or call the Andalusia store at 334-869-8118.