Our History

In 1977, Harbor Freight Tools had a mission to make it easier for working people to get the best value possible on top-quality tools they could trust. For the past 27 years, Eric Smidt has been the CEO of Harbor Freight Tools.

Under Eric's leadership and with the help of our 20,000 member strong team, Harbor Freight Tools has become the leading discount tool retailer in the United States with over twenty million satisfied customers.

We have 1100+ stores nationwide and each location is a one-stop-shop for the widest assortment of quality tools at the lowest prices you can find.

Harbor Freight Store
1977
Harbor Freight was founded
1980
Harbor Freight opens 1st location
2001
Harbor Freight opens 1st Distribution Center
2005
Harbor Freight opens 250th Retail location
2011
Harbor Freight opens 2nd Distribution Center
2012
Harbor Freight reaches 10,000 associates
2013
Harbor Freight opens 500th Retail location
2014
Harbor Freight launches Tools for Schools initiative
2015
Harbor Freight reaches 15,000 associates
2017
Harbor Freight opens 750th Retail location
2019
Harbor Freight opens 1,000th Retail location
2020
Harbor Freight reaches 20,000 associates
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