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PHOTOS: Perry Hall Royal Farms Opens With Chicken, Local Support

The convenience store and gas station made several donations to area organizations.

It was a chicken-fest Tuesday morning at the new Perry Hall Royal Farms. The ribbon cutting drew several public officials and business leaders to the convenience store and gas station at 9620 Belair Rd.

State Sen. Kathy Klausmeier asked attendees to close their eyes and inhale the scent of freshly fried chicken—the chain's most famous offering, offered free of charge on platters inside the store. "Everyone is so excited to have a Royal Farms in Perry Hall," Klausmeier said.

County Councilman David Marks also praised the new store for its food and the added competition it brings to the area. "When you need to fuel your car or pick up some of this great chicken, it's great to have another establishment in Perry Hall offering these services," Marks said. 

The 5,000-square-foot store broke ground in July 2012 and includes eight fuel pumps. It took the place of a former BP gas station. It is one of 20 new LEED certified Royal Farms stores, with features including a white roof, LED lighting and dual-flush toilets, company officials said. 

Several donations to community organizations preceded the ribbon cutting, led by operations leader Wade Graham. 

Margaret Hubbard, director of the Perry Hall United Methodist Church Food Pantry who accepted a $500 donation from Royal Farms, said she's working to foster stronger partnerships with area businesses. 

"This represents a couple of months of food. We served 416 families last year—nearly 100 more families than the year before. It's nice to be recognized for doing some good in the community," Hubbard said. 

The company presented donations to the following organizations: 

  • Perry Hall United Methodist Church Food Pantry
  • Perry Hall Library
  • Perry Hall Improvement Association
  • Maryland Food Bank
  • Seven Oaks Senior Center
  • Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company
  • Perry Hall High School
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute

Which chains would you most like to see come to Perry Hall? Tell us in the comments. 

Laura Eisen Scaler January 08, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Little Caesars! Not fair we have to watch the advertisements and not have access to the store! Pizza pizza.
NottinghamFamily January 08, 2013 at 06:18 PM
There's something kind of ironic about a chicken standing there giving away deep fried samples of his own kind :)
NottinghamFamily January 08, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Is the Little Caesars still on Wise Avenue in Dundalk? I went the week they opened expecting them to have all the nostalgic, delicious things I used to love but they didn't. Plus the pizza tasted different. They didn't have Baby Pan Pans!
Evets January 08, 2013 at 06:22 PM
I agree. Shouldn't they have a cow doing that?
FIFA January 08, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Rent the Chick-Fil-A cow, perhaps?
John Doe January 08, 2013 at 09:22 PM
I thought that was strange, too.
Jeff January 09, 2013 at 01:58 AM
I am happy the Royal Farms opened, but honestly I think they should have finished all the work around the Royal Farms before having the grand opening. Kind of isnt fair to all the other businesses there that have been inconvenienced during the construction, not to mention the people who still can't use the side entrance. The main entrance is still a mess too.
NottinghamFamily January 09, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Perhaps with it being their opening day they were overwhelmed with all the requests and just couldn't keep up? I would prefer to have to wait for fresh and completely cooked than rushed and not done to their standards. It's frustrating to wait that long, but it was their first day. We went to Texas Roadhouse on their opening weekend and had to exercise a bit more patience than one normally would.
Angie KUREK January 09, 2013 at 09:23 PM
I would like to see a Bahama Breeze restaurant in Perry Hall or White Marsh.
Other Tim January 09, 2013 at 11:55 PM
The place just opened. Give them a chance.
VWK January 10, 2013 at 02:41 PM
I agree "Other Tim". I'm glad to see they are so successful and hopefully they will work out all the glitches. I'm sure they had no idea what to expect in their first few weeks of business. We were there twice this week for chicken and didn't wait at all but it was a little past the usual dinner hour - maybe around 7?? I'm sitting here enjoying a cup of their free, delicious coffee. It's free all week!

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