Middletown's Harbor Freight opens in former Big Lots space

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Jul. 6—A vacant Middletown store has been filled.

Harbor Freight Tools opened Tuesday at 4794 Roosevelt Blvd. in the former Big Lots location.

The company said in a release that construction was completed by using local workers and companies from the surrounding Middletown area.

"We've been looking to open a location in Middletown for a number of years so that we can provide the tools and equipment at tremendous values to the community," Trey Feiler, senior vice president, real estate and construction for Harbor Freight Tools, said in a statement.

In addition to finding a "great location," Feiler said the company was "attracted by the availability of great associates" in the Middletown area. The store is expected to employ about 25-30 people.

The Middletown location is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The company opened its first store in 1980 and has over 1,300 stores across the country, 24,000 associates and more than 40 million customers.

Harbor Freight Tools works to constantly improve the quality of its products and this year will introduce more than 800 new tools and accessories, the company said. Harbor Freight Tools is one of the nation's fastest growing retailers, opening two new stores every week.