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Harbor Freight coming to Ceres
Hiring begins to fill 25-30 new jobs at Hatch Road location
Harbor Freight Ceres
Work is occurring at 1342 E. Hatch Road to prepare it to become Harbor Freight Tools. - photo by Jeff Benziger

Harbor Freight Tools, a store chain claiming to sell quality tools at the lowest prices, will be opening a new store in Ceres early next year.

A grand opening date will be set closer to opening.

Buiding permits have been issued and construction has already begun at the former In Shape City gym 1342 East Hatch Road, using local workers and companies in the Ceres area. The store will be located next door to WSS Shoes.

“That’s a pretty exciting project,” said Ceres City Manager Tom Westbrook. “I think that fits a nice for the community. I just think that the products that they offer and the variety the community is going to love having an opportunity to purchase that in town.”

In addition, 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. Harbor Freight Tools offers a competitive starting rate along with a best-in-class retail benefits package that includes health coverage, and Thanksgiving and Christmas off. Further, Harbor Freight provides stability and the opportunity to advance in a company that continues to grow, with over 21,000 associates and more than 1,100 locations nationwide.

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

Interested applicants may apply for jobs online at and search “Ceres, CA.”

Harbor Freight Tools is a family-owned company that 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, 21,000 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. A new store has opened up in Turlock across the street from Costco.