New in Wilkesboro

A 15,030-square-foot building for a Harbor Freight store will be built where grading has started at the Shoppes of Two Rivers in Wilkesboro, according to a building permit issued Feb. 8.

Grading has started at the Shoppes of Two Rivers in Wilkesboro for construction of a 15,030-square-foot Harbor Freight Tools store.

The new retail facility is listed with a value of $1 million in building permit records at the Wilkes County Inspections Department. The permit was issued Feb. 8. Dooley Mack Constructors, based in Charleston, S.C., is the contractor.

Calabasas, Calif.-based Harbor Freight is a privately-owned discount tool retailer founded in 1977, with over 1,050 stores nationwide. All stores are company-owned. Harbor Freight will own its store facility in Shoppes at Two Rivers and already purchased the land.

According to its website, Harbor Freight stores carry more than 7,000 tools and accessories, including hand tools, air and power tools, shop equipment and automotive tools.

The website said Harbor Freight is in the midst of expanding by building new stores nationwide, ranging in size from 5,000 to 16,500 square feet and with 70% retail area and 30% retail replenishment. It said the stores have a 4-to-1 parking ratio.

Shoppes of Two Rivers is a 42-acre, mixed use development just north of the intersection of Curtis Bridge Road and U.S. 421 Business. (The two rivers are the Yadkin and Reddies).

Wilkesboro businessman Cam Finley is the owner and developer of Shoppes of Two Rivers. It also includes a 17,833-square-foot Planet Fitness, which opened in 2020, and the 25,000-square-foot, six-screen Two Rivers Cinema.

In discussing other additions in the works at Shoppes of Two Rivers, Finley said a lot there has been sold for construction of a Taco Bell restaurant. The lot is bordered by the Two Rivers Cinema parking lot, Skyline National Bank and Curtis Bridge Road.

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