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Tool chain coming to Hempstead


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Harbor Freight Tools, a national chain store whose slogan is "Quality Tools at Ridiculously Low Prices," is opening a Long Island store, in Hempstead Village.

The 270 Peninsula Blvd. store is set to open Saturday. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 2 p.m.

"Over the last 18 months, Harbor Freight Tools has seen a dramatic increase in customer traffic as consumers look to find the best value for their money," Eric Smidt, chief executive, said in a news release.

"We are excited to finally be on Long Island to offer consumers an alternative to the big box retailers that sell high priced national brands."

In July, the Camarillo, Calif., chain made news when its founder, Allan Smidt, 81, sued his son, the chief executive Eric Smidt. The elder Smidt accused his son of kicking him off the company board and "looting the company to finance a lavish lifestyle that includes a $46 million Beverly Hills mansion" once owned by singer Kenny Rogers; a $20 million Manhattan apartment; and a $100 million painting.

The company responded to the lawsuit, saying, "None of this will affect the business or continued success of Harbor Freight Tools."

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