Sunday, February 25, 2024

Harbor Freight opening second store in Wilmington, now hiring

Harbor Freight will be open in the former Big Lots space at 7316 Market St. by spring. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — A California-based tool and equipment store will be opening in the northern part of the county in the coming year.

Harbor Freight Tools is taking over the 7316 Market St. space, formerly home to Big Lots. Construction crews already have begun upfitting the building, with the goal for Harbor Freight to open by spring, according to a press release.

“In addition to finding a great location, we were attracted by the availability of great associates in the Wilmington area, and we look forward to having them join the Harbor Freight team,” Trey Feiler, senior vice president, said in the release.

The store is roughly 10 miles from its current 2636 Carolina Beach Road location. It’s expected to add 25 or 30 new jobs, all of which include sales and logistic supervisors, senior associates, sales associates, and seasonal opportunities.

Jobs for Harbor Freight Tools stocking or retail associate in Wilmington is roughly $16 an hour, with managers receiving $28 to $30 an hour, according to local hiring posts. The company also offers retail benefits package and health coverage.

Harbor Freight notes it has 25,000 associates across more than 1,300 locations. 

It’s been recognized by Forbes as one of the top 20 large employers in retail and highly rated among employers in terms of diversity, including for women, the release noted, adding: “For three years in a row, Forbes has named Harbor Freight as one of the country’s Best Employers for Veterans.”

Interested applicants can apply online at here and search “Wilmington, NC.”

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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