The opening of a new business always draws people out of the woodwork, so I expected to find a few people at the new Harbor Freight store on Route 9 in Queensbury when I stopped by Sunday to grab a tarp for my woodpile. (Mine had an unfortunate run-in with my snowblower that was good for neither the tarp, the snowblower nor my bloodied hands as I cut it out, praying the auger wouldn't turn when I freed it.)
The 20 percent-off-one-item coupon that was in Sunday's paper came at the right time, and when I pulled into the parking lot I found it almost full with cars. The aisles were packed with people checking out what the chain had in stock.
If you haven't been yet, the store is loaded with tools and lots of other stuff needed for work around the home. I saw a motorcycle stand, a number of work benches, safes, bungee cords, hand tools, power tools, air compressors, welding equipment, and some electronics like battery chargers, phone charges and aisles of other stuff.
I picked up a tarp and a couple other small things. It will be interesting to see what impact the store has on neighboring Wal-Mart and Ace Hardware's stores. But national companies like this rarely move into a market without lots of research, so I'm sure the company has a belief it can compete.
-- Don Lehman