That didn’t take long.

Porterville growing retail sector will become even larger with the addition of Harbor Freight, the national retailer known for selling hand and power tools and other hardware supplies at reasonable prices.

Harbor Freight will move into the bulding on Jaye Street that last housed the Sears Store which closed this past summer.

Brian Acquafresca, co-owner of the property with his brother Joe Acquafresca, said the property was listed for about a week after Sears closed when Harbor Freight took the action to move into the building.

“We think we have somebody for you,” said Brian Aquafresca on what Graham and Associates of Visalia told him about a week after listing the property. “Harbor Freight has been interested in coming here to Porterville for some time.”

Brian said Harbor Freight likes the location because it’s a single building that’s more suited for its business practices. As an example since Harbor Freight will have its own parking lot at the location, that’s more suited for the tent sales it’s known for.

The Acquafrescas have owned the property since 2002 when Sequoia Apparel was in the building. After Sequoia Apparel closed, the property was rezoned for retail.

Brian said Harbor Freight’s goal is to open on March 6, 2020, but it’s unknown if it will open by then because he said the company is spending $1 million to renovate the building. 

“They’re investing heavily in the property,” Brian said. “They’re very excited about coming here.”

Brian also said Harbor Freight has added 60 stores in the past year. “Theyr’e growing quickly,” he said.

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