Royal Farms eyes new store at Route 202 and Smithbridge Road

CONCORD >> Royal Farms’ self-proclaimed “World Famous Chicken” will soon be available close to home.

The Baltimore-based chain received conditional use and final land development to open store 177 on a 1.4-acre parcel at Route 202 and Smithbridge Road. The 4,166-square foot building will include eight gas/diesel islands with 16 stations.

The approval included a list of conditions, the most important of which relate to road improvements. The convenience store will be situated in the median on Wilmington-West Chester Pike and part of the project will involve widening the adjacent portion of Smithbridge Road from two to three lanes and providing dedicated left-turn lanes onto the highway in both directions. A right-turn lane onto Route 202 will also be added in front of the adjacent Meghan’s Restaurant. The store will be accessible from both sides of Route 202 and by a right-turn only from Smithbridge Road.

The township will be responsible for obtaining the necessary rights-of-way and easements. Royal Farms will be obligated for the costs associated with the improvements and has earmarked $2.1 million for the work, said council President Dominic Pileggi.

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“These changes are definitely needed,” he added. “People who travel that area every day realize that only too well.”

Many of the remaining stipulations, such as signage, sidewalks and landscaping, were recommended by the township planning commission. The project was presented to council during an April 18 hearing.

The store, to be open 24/7, will not be permitted to sell beer, wine or alcoholic beverages without a separate conditional use. Similar approval would be required to install outside seating.

Royal Farms operates stores in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia and the latest will be the fourth foray into Delaware County. The chain also has outlets in Aston, Glenolden and Ridley Park.