Chip Herbert of Marco Contractors prepares Saturday to hang some signs for Harbor Freight Tools on the former Hastings Entertainment store on North Main Street. Hiring is occurring now and a tentative opening date has been set for Aug. 21. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

A Pennsylvania contracting firm has started renovations of the former Hastings Entertainment store to make the building ready for the national discount retailer Harbor Freight Tools.

Marco Contractors Inc. started work a few days ago on the large structure at 1705 N. Main St., empty since August 2016 after Hasting’s filed for bankruptcy, and expects to be finished by Aug. 11, said Chip Herbert, superintendent for the firm.