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PHOTOS: Demolition at Planned Perry Hall Royal Farms

Workers began preparing the Belair Road site.

Rumble and shrubs piled up around the in the 9600 block of Belair Road Monday morning and afternoon.

As , contractors have broken ground on a planned Royal Farms store, scheduled to open this December. The 5,000-square-foot convenience store is expected to feature at least eight fuel pumps.

Reactions have varied about the planned store—with ranging from "SWEET... Competitive gas prices and FRIED CHICKEN...WIN WIN!!!" to "i don't think we need a another gas station."

Do you have an opinion on the planned Royal Farms? What types of stores is Perry Hall in need of? Tell us in the comments.

neal July 24, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Maybe Drug City from Dundalk will want to expand to Perry Hall.
Hendo July 24, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Gawd, I wish they'd put a "Hardees" there. I loved Hardees...
Victoria Jones Gabbai July 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM
They're (grocers) are not coming here... it has been said a lot on here before. Also, there used to be a Pet Smart or Petco where Good Will is years ago and they closed.
Victoria Jones Gabbai July 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM
I saw the building making progress on Saturday! I had no idea it was coming here until then! Hopefully it'll make the business across the street better at that ever changing restaurant/bar name.
Victoria Jones Gabbai July 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Gwynn, there's an Anytime Fitness that is 24 hours and near Liberatore's Restaurant on Honeygo. The manager is awesome, have you checked them out? They're cheaper than the places you mentioned by 20 dollars I think!
Computer Techy July 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM
There isn't enough room for anything except another small gas station or a bagel shop. It would be nice to see a Roots food store in Perry Hall. MOM's is a bit too small with selection and Whole Foods sells some food that is GMO, and takes youe Whole paycheck. The natural food store on Belair Rd now is just a glorified vitamin shop and a bit pricey.
elia July 24, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Whole Foods and Trader Joe's...we need some healthy alternatives. No more fried chicken and fries!
Tim July 24, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I agree about that natural food store. It's too bad, I had high hopes when I walked in. I went in, checked it out, and was thinking - essentially they have nothing I'd buy, that I couldn't get at Wegman's or Safeway.
VS July 24, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Love the idea of the bagel/coffee shop. Trader joes would be cool too!
BMW July 24, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Oh, for a Trader Joe's.
Sue July 24, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Just because I was not the first to say it, does not mean I want it any less.. Actually I would prefer a store such as REI that caters to the needs of marathoners, ultramarathoners, bikers, hikers, etc. If I can;t get my healthy lifestyle wants/needs from a grocery, then maybe from the exercise side-does that fulfill your originality quota, Jack?
Patricia Single July 24, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Cheesecake factory
Other Tim July 25, 2012 at 12:07 AM
? I only remember Damons (there for quite a while) and the current Batemans.
Jeanne July 25, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I would love a Popeyes to be in the area. Love that chicken.
Other Tim July 25, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Was one at Joppa and Belair where Starbucks is now.
Tim July 25, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Yeah and no offense, the Starbucks is doing way better. That Pop-Eye's was scandalously bad towards the end.
Tim July 25, 2012 at 02:39 AM
The thing is, there actually used to be a bagel shop. A long time ago. I only know because I have an old menu from it - from the previous home owner who had tons of them. don't think she ever cooked.
Victoria Jones Gabbai July 25, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Other Tim, I was talking about the Texas Roadhouse close to Mt. Road.
Victoria Jones Gabbai July 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM
wasn't it in the shopping center where Good Will is?
Jeanne July 25, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Yes Other Tim there used to be a Popeyes were Starbucks is now but don't take my Starbucks, the people that work in that store are really great.
Alan W. July 25, 2012 at 11:18 PM
That the one irratating thing about Safeway, many times they have only one cashier working.
Aaron July 26, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Asha at Dunkin Donuts is friendly and smoking HOT.
Sassy July 26, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Royal Farm's gas may be cheaper, but is the quality of gas any good? If their gas is not good, I don't think there is much that you wouldn't be able to get from the grocery store and the Walgreen's right down and across the streets, so what good would a Royal Farm store be?
Aaron July 28, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Texas Roadhouse sure looks cool. The building looks old West.
Evets July 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I loved when that bagel shop was there. Classic Bagels, it was called. I used to walk there many summer mornings with my kids to get coffee and bagels. I would split a cinnamon bagel with my son (he was toddler age then), then take him home and clean him off in the swimming pool.
Aaron July 28, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I moved here in 99. I've seen many changes, Safeway, Starbucks etc. A bagel shop would be nice here, with good coffee to boot. HA!
Aaron July 28, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I remember some coffee shop that had people playing guitar outside at the former Nicks when I moved here. Why do cool things leave?
Aaron July 28, 2012 at 01:45 PM
A bagel shop with GOOD coffee, that's the winning ticket. They have to have strawberry creamcheese too. HA!
Other Tim July 28, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Main thing is, you wouldn't be able to get their chicken. The best. Gas is gas. Go for the cheapest. Same as generic drugs, store brand acetaminophen, aspirin, milk, juice, whatever.
Other Tim July 28, 2012 at 01:54 PM
You should probably start planning what you would like to see at the 7-11 spot. Don't see them being there too long after Royal Farms opens.

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