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Popular tool retailer coming to Waynesville

The vacancy on Waynesville’s Russ Avenue left by big-box retailer Kmart in late 2019 is about to be filled with almost 18,000 square feet of tools and equipment by Calabasas, California-based Harbor Freight Tools. 

According to a memorandum signed last November in Orange County, California, the privately held retailer will lease the former Kmart for a period of 10 years, with two separate options for an additional five years each. 

The lease also stipulates that the landlord, PCF-Waynesville LLC, won’t allow other tool retailers to set up in the shopping center, and that other tenants can only sell tools if they amount to the lesser of 500 square feet or 10 percent of the tenant’s floor space. 

Founded in 1977 in Los Angeles, Harbor Freight Tools now employs more than 20,000 people across 1,200 locations in 48 states. 

Currently, the closest Harbor Freight location to Waynesville is on Hendersonville Road in Asheville, but a new location opened in Franklin this past July. According to the Macon County News, that store created between 25 and 30 new jobs. 

The chain’s website,, has a list of existing and “coming soon” locations, but Waynesville isn’t yet listed. No other information about possible opening is available at this time. 

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  • If Harbor Doesn’t come to Waynesville I won’t be driving all the way to Asheville these politicians in Waynesville have no clue about how to grow , they must all be Democrats

    posted by Ron Paganelli

    Friday, 03/04/2022

  • I have applied for position as Manager of your new store in Waynesville, NC. My background, college educated, owner operated 12 Meineke Discount Muffler & Brake stores in Charlotte & Greensboro, Engineering Specialist @ GE, Sales Rep 3M and Xerox, owner 300 acres near Waynesville, NC. Retired and healthy. Ready, willing, and very able to run your new Harbor Freight operation.
    Eagerly awaiting your consideration!

    Best Regards,

    =john burwell=
    145 Kirks Drive
    Hot Springs, NC 28743
    Hot Springs, NC 28743

    posted by john burwell

    Wednesday, 02/16/2022

  • That is great news! I hope they install a traffic light on Russ Avenue to help get in and out.

    posted by Chuck R

    Monday, 11/15/2021

  • Thats exciting news ! I love harbor freight !

    posted by Ryan

    Sunday, 11/14/2021

  • Im glad its comming then I want to drive and put up with the traffic

    posted by John Brown

    Sunday, 11/14/2021

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