COLUMBUS, Ga.- Harbor Freight Tools is opening their first store in Columbus on April 26th. They reached out to the Goodwill Career Center to hold an orientation for their 42 new employees.
Although Harbor Freight is creating jobs in Columbus, it’s also creating competition in the hardware business. So what does this mean for smaller local stores?
News 3 spoke with Brian Sillitto, the Senior Vice President of Economic Development at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, for his thoughts on how “mom and pops retailers” stay afloat.
“The niche that mom and pops stores have over giant retailers, it may not be price…although it may be, but it’s really that customer service,” said Sillitto.
Home Ace Hardware is a smaller hardware store in the area. News 3 spoke with their Vice President, Seth Johnson, who said they aren’t worried about their new competition.
“These big box retailers homogenize their product mix and if you go from one store to the next you’ll see the same thing. Something you get from a small retailer is the ability to maneuver, the ability to bring in new products and have local products that support your local economy,” said Johnson.
Danny Davenport the Store Manager at Harbor Freight Tools says their excited to join the thriving business community in Columbus.