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Perry Hall Royal Farms Opens Without Fanfare

The convenience store and gas station quietly opened Friday morning.

Chicken, coffee and gasoline at $3.19 a gallon—a new Royal Farms quietly opened in Perry Hall on Friday. The 5,000-square-foot store at 9620 Belair Rd. joins a long list of convenience stores, gas stations and mini-grocers in the U.S. Route 1 corridor. 

Mike Yates, a Kingsville resident, said he was pleasantly surprised to see its doors open in the afternoon. "I get a cup of coffee from Royal Farms everyday driving to work in Timonium. Now I can stop in Perry Hall," he said. 

Yates said the store looks much better than the old BP station, and he hopes the competition will further drive down gas prices at the Safeway gas station across Belair Road. 

"I'm wondering what will happen to the 7-Eleven across the street. Royal Farms has everything they do, but without the gas," Yates added. 

For Kent Farmer, store manager at the Walgreens adjacent to Safeway, the new competition wasn't necessarily welcome. 

"I can't say I'm happy about it, but what are you going to do? I just walked over to check out their prices," Farmer said. 

"I don't think the community really needed another gas station," he added. 

The Royal Farms store manager declined to comment on the opening. 

When another Royal Farms opened along the Maryland Route 43 extension in March, the opening attracted public officials and Royal Farms executives presented donations to volunteer organizations. 

A worker said a similar grand opening celebration will likely be scheduled after the holidays, sometime in January. 

Do you plan on shopping at the new Perry Hall Royal Farms? Tell us in the comments.

FIFA December 21, 2012 at 09:03 PM
What a nut! We have CVS, Rite-Aid, Safeway, and Walgreens within a half mile of each other and then we have Shell, Royal Farms and Safeway within a quarter mile of each other. I ask Kent Farmer, did you take a test to be a manager of a Walgreen's? Or have you got some of the California Medical juice you have been sipping? Eh? C'mon Kent!
Honeygo Hal December 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM
So fried chicken may not be the best thing for you, but Royal Farms has some pretty good fried chicken, and this one is closer than the one on 43. If Dough Roller of OC brought their Dayton's chicken here I'd abandon Royal Farms in a second, but for now its a good thing.
Blaine Dunn December 21, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I personally will not ever shop at this Royal Farm Store. It will hurt every business in the area. It is too BIG for that corner! You can't see the other shops in the strip shopping center. It looks totally out of place. Now the management company that owns that center needs to step up and up date the rest of that shopping center. I have lived in this area for more than 30 years. I moved out here to get a way from the city limits. Now I am living right in the mist of what looks and feels like the inner the city. I hope that DeSanis gets on the landlord for breach of contract. Doesn't Royal Farms sell pizza??? The people at the 7-11 are very nice and this will hurt them greatly. I hope that the people of Perry Hall ....oh excuse me, I forgot...I now live in" Nottingham" the people of Nottingham will boycott this addition
Stark December 21, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Do you know what used to stand where the Walgreen's was built? The historic Tanner home and the Baltimore Embroidery Company. (David Marks and the PHIA tried to save the structures.) So Mr. Farmer - save us the piety. We really didn't need you either.
Shirley Branch December 22, 2012 at 05:50 AM
I surely will be shopping at Royal Farms, for gas and cigarettes. I like their chicken too. I moved in the area last year, and hated there wasn't a Royal Farms near by. I had to drive six miles round trip to by my brand of cigarettes. Now I can walk if I want to. Thanks Royal Farms, for coming to Perry Hall/ Nottingham.
SLI December 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Welcome to the area (whether it's Perry Hall, 21128 or Baltimore/Nottingham, 21236) Royal Farm store!! The place looks great and I love the stacked stone.I for one am glad to see it.
Alex W December 22, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I for one am glad to see that dump BP station gone and this nicer looking Royal Farms up. Although I do feel for the businesses behind it, I feel the landlord should build a sign to display the other stores in the area. If there is one, I've never noticed and I've taken my kids to Celebree and workout at Brick Bodies.
Ph Patchmaster 2 December 22, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Happy to welcome the new business into Perry Hall, it means our community is growing. We need more growth of local jobs, and this helps. As for the surrounding business, I don't think DeSantis is worried. The farm store will only help their business, different type of consumer, convenience and Gas vs restaraunt. As for 7/11, A different story- they will lose a lot of business by default solely because Royal Farms has Gas, Cheaper Cigs, Larger Variety of on the go prep food- including GREAT Fried Chicken!! The one that should be worried is KFC- Is that place ever busy?
Jack Noppinger December 22, 2012 at 02:36 PM
There sure seems to be a lot of confused people here! Brick Bodies Square has a large sign at the entrance listing all of the tenents; DeSantis doesn't need an exclusive, his exclusive is the Matthews pizza...and believe me, his business will not suffer one bit! One gas station replacing an outdated one is no big deal. Personally, I welcome Royal Farms and will definitely buy there. So, how many drug stores does Perry Hall really need?
GD December 22, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I agree with Jack. Sign identifies businesses in the shopping center. I too welcome the Royal Farm store. Gas, ATM, etc all in one stop.
Jason December 22, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Welcome to a capitalistic society everyone... Why should we boycott a business because it opens near other businesses? If the other businesses are unique and better, they will survive.
Jason December 22, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Just had lunch at the new Royal Farm and give it two thumbs up. I do hope Dunkin Donuts got a settlement or deal on their lease because they will likely suffer too with RF selling Krispy Kreme donuts and breakfast sandwiches. I thought for sure they would have negotiated a deal so RF could only sell Dunkin Donuts made by the location in the shopping center.
FIFA December 22, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Separate properties. They had no say.
Bill Howard December 22, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Its OK that another business has decided to brings jobs here. However, Royal Farms is the only store that puts pornagraphic magazines at eye level to children instead of behind the counter. As consumers, we should request this items be out of reach to children. Please let them know this when you go there. 7-11 stopped over 20 years ago.
Red Dolphin December 22, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I agree,,,,,,,,,, thats " healthy competition "nothing "under handed" they willhave a Bank of america atm too( I know thers a BOA across the street but still that makes it less wating time) as for the 7-11 across the street they'll be ok,Mikes a nice guy. even though the 7-11 at Joppa and Belair is cloasr to me so I patronize that one any way
Red Dolphin December 22, 2012 at 10:11 PM
as for the porn mags at eye level ( and not discreetly put behind the counter) callthe main ofice at 36th st and Roland Ave ask for John Kemp , you wont get him but it wilsaend the message to the Dist, office personnel how we feel about it
Red Dolphin December 22, 2012 at 10:14 PM
if I remember correctly Pet Smart tried to open up i the shopping center where Advance auto and wendys is they didnt make it.........hooray for "Tom's Tropicals" they are good people ( related to Bill's Seafood as most of you know )
Red Dolphin December 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM
what Royal Farm on 43? you mean rt 40 and ebenezer ? yousure are right abou that Hal ...... I;ve always missed not having a farm store near by
Jason December 22, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I did happen to notice the porn mags as soon as you walk in (but I only noticed it for the children's sake) :) Yes, a little inappropriate...
Tim December 23, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Yeah, that's pretty rich.
Honeygo Hal December 23, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Yep, part of the new development activity (Crossroads at 95.) Not to make it sound like a Ruth's Criss, but it has a section of tables in the front if you want to eat there. It's great to pig out on Royal Farms chicken every once in a while.
little sister December 23, 2012 at 05:02 AM
The most important question is ... Do they have their chicken?? It's the best !!! Some stores don't have it. What about this location ?
little sister December 23, 2012 at 05:06 AM
No we won't boycott !! We love the chicken !! And is'n't that what America is about ? Free Enterprise ? Guess we won't see ya at the Royal Farm Store !!
Grace B. December 23, 2012 at 07:09 PM
For me, this opening is a huge non-event. I've never been in a Royal Farms store. Nor have I gone to a 7-11 store more than once or twice in my entire life. I'm not a big coffee drinker, and I don't eat fried chicken. Everything else in these small convenience stores is just too expensive. With all of the full sized grocery stores in the area, it's just as easy to stop and shop in one of them. I could better see the point if one of these businesses located in an area where people need to drive for many miles to a grocery store. But, then again, most of the grocery stores in the area also have pharmacies.... I guess there is a demand for these kind of businesses. I just don't understand the appeal.
Jim Jones December 23, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Grace, the appeal in "convenience" , hence the name. When someone is running late for work and looks down and their gas tank is on empty, they can stop in and fuel up and grab a coffee or snack all in about 5 mins. You can't do this at 5am or 11pm at grocery stores.
Grace B. December 24, 2012 at 06:59 AM
Oh, seriously, you're explaining the meaning of a convenience store to me? The question above asked "do you plan on shopping at the new Royal Farms?" My answer was no, and I explained that I have no use for these kinds of stores. I don't find them convenient in the least bit. I find being a little organized is much more convenient. Gassing up the cars while running errands on days off, and having hot coffee waiting in the coffee maker first thing in the morning, is much more convenient to me than running around early in the morning, like a chicken with my head cut off, trying to get things done during a commute to work. But, as I also said, apparently these stores are thriving, so to each his own.
Jim Jones December 25, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Well Grace, I commend you for living the perfect life. Some of us are not as lucky and sometimes things don't always go as planned. Therefore, we need such convenience stores. Seriously.
Bill Foltz December 26, 2012 at 01:47 AM
It is useless to try and explain the need for a store that is useless to someone who doesn't see the need. It's just another "chain store ruining the loo and feel of a small town of Perry Hall". I personally find it a great addition to our little town. I've lived in this town since I was born. I've seen shops come and go. It's time for this cahnge. Is it an good location? Maybe not, but it is need. I had mentioned the idea of a Wawa near the corner of Belair and Honygo about a year and a half ago. So if a person doesn't plan on patronizing the store then just say "no" and keep you opinion to yourself.
John Doe December 30, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Grace - I agree with you. Expect smarmy, mocking comments from people who are unorganized or disagree. I like how citizens in this area make fun of others because you plan ahead. You never said you were perfect. That is how you are perceived because you fill up your tank in advance or make coffee in the morning???
ShannonM January 04, 2013 at 03:09 AM
LOVE that Royal Farm is right around the corner. I know there are lots of gas stations on Bel Air road but most are on the opposite side of the road. In rush hour traffic, it's not much fun trying to make a left across traffic. Plus there's a light at royal farm :) so you can go either direction easily!!!! And I agree with everyone who said their chicken is yummy- another plus!!!!!

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