Harbor Freight coming to Inverness; Taco Bell opens – Citrus County Chronicle

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Updated: January 24, 2023 @ 2:05 pm
The Inverness Regional Shopping Center has seen many changes in the past decade. While some storefronts are vacant others have been filled with new enterprises like Planet Fitness. Harbor Freight Tools will soon join other tenants. The chain will occupy about half the space in the building that formerly housed Publix.
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The Inverness Regional Shopping Center has seen many changes in the past decade. While some storefronts are vacant others have been filled with new enterprises like Planet Fitness. Harbor Freight Tools will soon join other tenants. The chain will occupy about half the space in the building that formerly housed Publix.
It’s official: Harbor Freight is coming to Inverness.
Greg Rice, the city’s community development director, said the California-based tool and equipment chain will be located in part of the space formerly occupied by the old Publix at the Inverness Regional Shopping Center off U.S. 41 North.
There is no opening date yet.
“We should have a building permit in two to three weeks,” Rice said.
This will be the second Harbor Freight location in Citrus County. The other is located off U.S. 19 in Crystal River.
The Inverness store joins 17 other tenants at the plaza, which has seen hard times since losing big anchor stores like Kmart, Publix and Bealls Outlet.
The largest anchor there now is Planet Fitness, which opened in September 2020 in part of the space formerly occupied by Kmart.
The Bruce Strumpf property management group took over the leasing reins of the struggling shopping center in 2018.
Inverness City Manager Eric Williams said in February – when Harbor Freight had made overtures to the city about moving here – that its addition to that plaza would be a good fit.
“People want it, people like it,” he said. “It’s going to bring jobs.”
Harbor Freight, with more than 1,200 stores nationwide, typically employs up to 30 people.
In other retail news:
Taco Bell has opened at 9357 U.S. 19, next to the Shoppes of Sugarmill Woods in Homosassa.
Joining Taco Bell at that site will be a soon-to-open Verizon store.
Knightly’s Auto Towing & Recovery, at 6403 W. Homosassa Trail, is now an official U-Haul neighborhood dealer, according to a company representative.
Knightly’s will offer essential services like U-Haul trucks, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pickup for boxes.
Michael D. Bates is a staff writer with the Citrus County Chronicle and can be reached at mbates@chronicleonline.com
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