EXCITING NEWS--An artist rendering of the new Royal Farms convenience store planned for the Quality Inn property, US Route 130 south and Market Street, Gloucester City, N.J. Construction is expected to begin sometime in early summer. (image provided)
by William E. Cleary Sr.
GLOUCESTER CITY N.J. (CNBNewsnet)—A multi-million dollar construction project will be starting this year at the Quality Inn property on U.S. Route 130 south at Market Street, Gloucester City. That site was originally the home of a Holiday Inn, built in the late 50’s early 60’s. Several different motel chains have occupied the site over the years most recently the Quality Inn.
Amit Patel, the owner of the property has leased half of the site to Royal Farms, a convenience store chain that was established in 1959. To make room for the new store, half of the rooms at the motel will be demolished. The remaining 64 rooms will be located behind the new convenience store.
An application has been submitted to the New Jersey Department of Transportation for approval of property entrances and exits.
Brittany Eldredge, Royal Farms Public Relations and Customer Service Manager said the estimated construction cost for the 5,371 square foot building is $5.5 million. Also included in the plans is eight gas pumps and 68 parking spaces. The convenience store will be opened 24-hours a day. Approximately 40-50 people will be hired, 40 percent full-time, 60 percent part-time.
As for the start of construction, Eldredge said,”No date has been set, probably not until the second quarter of the year at the earliest.
In a prepared statement, Eldredge said, “Zommick McMahon Commercial Real Estate, Inc., a commercial brokerage firm, has secured Royal Farms, a convenience store chain in the mid-Atlantic region, its first New Jersey location, as they continue their expansion into the Greater Philadelphia area.”
“We’re excited to continue our expansion into the Delaware Valley with two store openings slated for spring 2016 following our store opening in Ridley Park last January,”
“We are excited to serve the community of Gloucester City and selected this location as our first New Jersey location because of its strategic positioning along I-76 and I-295 that both serve as major arteries to the Greater Philadelphia area.”
Eldredge said, “Every Royal Farms is built to LEED environmental standards, using programs to recycle water and waste products while also choosing low impact construction materials and ultra-high efficiency systems. Royal Farms currently has over 25 LEED certified stores, ranking them in the top 10 retailers in LEED sustainably built stores.”
According to their website Royal Farms was established in 1959 and has grown to a regional chain of 160 stores & counting in the Mid-Atlantic region. Royal Farms continues to be at the forefront of the convenience store industry with their green initiatives and focus on a fast casual & convenience store concept, which provides seating and meeting areas for patrons to enjoy freshly prepared hot foods. Best known for their “world famous” chicken, Royal Farms sells only the highest quality and freshest products in their stores.
About Zommick McMahon Commercial Real Estate
Zommick McMahon is a commercial brokerage firm representing clients in the areas of investments, office, retail and industrial real estate in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Founded in 1949, Zommick McMahon represents regional and national retailers and represents more than 80 properties totaling over several million square feet. For more information, please visit www.zmcre.com.
About Royal Farms
Royal Farms started in 1959 when its parent company, Cloverland Dairy opened its first “White Jug” store in Baltimore City. Beginning about that time home delivery of milk products was being replaced by the availability of these products in larger grocery stores. The “White Jug” store was a convenient location for customers to pick up dairy products that had originally been delivered to their homes. Over the years, the store began selling other convenience items to its customers. As the industry evolved, the name was changed to Royal Farm Stores and then to Royal Farms. Today, Royal Farms has become a regional powerhouse and currently has 160 stores throughout Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia. For more information, visit http://www.royalfarms.com.