Harbor Freight Tools is preparing to open a new store on North Berkeley Boulevard in time for the Christmas shopping season.

Company officials confirmed the store is slated to open by Dec. 5.

“We’re thrilled to be opening our new Harbor Freight Tools store in Goldsboro and honored by the warm welcome that has been extended to us in this community” said Eric Smidt, Harbor Freight Tools president.

Summer Scaggs, Harbor Freight spokesperson, said the company decided to open the store because there is a substantial demand in the area.

A Facebook page titled “Bring Harbor Freight to Goldsboro NC” had almost 400 likes as of Oct. 21.

Harbor Freight offers a variety of products from power tools and welding equipment to engines, generators, air tools and auto care items.

“At Harbor Freight, we’re all about delivering high quality tools at ridiculously low prices,” Smidt said. “We do it by manufacturing our tools at the same factories as the expensive brands, but we cut out the middleman and pass the savings onto our customers. We’ve also invested millions of dollars to build and operate our own state-of-the-art quality test labs to ensure that we’re constantly driving quality at the lowest possible price.

“We invite everyone in the Goldsboro area to visit our new store and see (that) if you buy tools anywhere else, you’re throwing your money away.”

The new store sits at the far end of the former Kmart building at 211 N. Berkeley Blvd., near Chuck-E-Cheese and where Ashley Furniture and Planet Fitness have recently taken up residence.

Scaggs said she did not know how many jobs the new store will bring.

“We should start advertising for jobs soon within the next few weeks,” she said. “Right now, people can go on our website at www.harborfreight.com to see what kinds of openings are available, but as we get closer to opening day, I’m sure there will be a push locally to get the word out.”

Allen Anderson, Goldsboro chief building inspector, said the city is ready to seal the deal on the new store, just as soon as the work is complete.

“We’ve got basically all that we need on our end, so right now we’re just waiting for the final inspection,” Anderson said. “It’s just a matter of them finishing up the project, and they’re pretty close.”

Harbor Freight Tools is based in Calabasas, California, and operates over 800 stores in 47 states.

The new store marks the company’s 33rd location in North Carolina.