RARITAN TWP., N.J. – Harbor Freight has won township Planning Board approval to build a store here on Route 202-31.

Harbor Freight was founded in 1977 and has more than 1,000 stores nationally, according to its website. It is noted for its broad selection of discounted tools.

The store here would be built fronting not only the state highway, but also Raritan Avenue and Spring Garden Road. A vacant bank with three drive-up windows currently occupies the site. It would be demolished to make room for the new, 15,000-square-foot store.

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The plan includes 60 parking spaces. The company plans to break ground in the spring, according to township Engineer Township Engineer Antoine Hajjar.

A Wawa convenience store was previously proposed for the site. Neighbors objected when the company insisted that it be open 24-hours, leading the Planning Board to deny the application..