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Roswell on radar of national retailer

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File Photo Harbor Freight Tools had shown initial interest in the former Hastings store on North Main Street, according to documents filed with the city, but the company is not commenting on its plans and might not be locating to the former Hastings site.

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A national discount tool retailer has indicated some initial interest in Roswell.

Consultants working on behalf of Harbor Freight Tools, based in Calabasas, California, filed paperwork with the City of Roswell, but a company official declined to comment about the matter.

California real estate broker Sanjiv Chopra applied for a permit May 24, but he said he did not work with Harbor Freight and could not comment.

His application indicated that he intended to build an interior wall in an existing retail space at 1705 N. Main St. to create two tenant spaces. That address used to be the Hastings Entertainment store, which closed in August 2016.

But Chopra’s permit stated that the name of the business associated with the permit had yet to be determined.

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However, another document submitted to the city’s Code Enforcement unit did name Harbor Freight. The letter from Permit Advisors of Beverly Hills was dated the same date as the permit applications and referred to the same address at 1705 N. Main St. The letter indicated that a building permit application, plans and structural calculations had been submitted. Permit Advisors referred questions to Harbor Freight.

Harbor Freight media spokesperson Lisa Hartley said she could not comment at this time and also chose not to verify information on the company’s website, which listed job openings for Roswell. Various other online job boards show available positions with Harbor Freight in Roswell as well.

According to its website, Harbor Freight was founded in 1977 and now has 900 stores, an online retail site and about 11,000 employees. It sells automotive and motorcycle, air and power tools, shop equipment and hand tools. The company indicates that it has more than 40 million customers, including repair shops, government agencies and schools.

The retailer already has nine stores in New Mexico, three in Albuquerque and locations in Santa Fe, Alamogordo, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Clovis and Portales, according to the website. A store in Gallup is listed as a planned location.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.