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Royal Farms Expands Into North Carolina

Retailer brings its ‘dedication to supporting the communities we serve’ to a 6th state
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Baltimore-based convenience-store chain Royal Farms expanded into North Carolina for the first time this week, with the opening of a new store in the community of Grandy.

“We are thrilled to expand into North Carolina and bring our dedication to supporting the communities we serve with us," said Frank Schilling, director of marketing.

  • Royal Farms is No. 30 on CSP’s 2023 Top 40 update to its 2022 Top 202 ranking of the largest U.S. convenience-store chains by company-owned store count. Watch for the full 2023 Top 202 in June.

The store opening May 1 came on the heels of a donation to the nearby Lower Currituck Food Pantry.

The Lower Currituck Food Pantry serves Currituck County residents who struggle to make ends meet and are in need of emergency food assistance. Royal Farms donated a truckload of products ranging from beverages, protein bars, snacks and toilet paper on April 26.

“The Lower Currituck Food Pantry says a big thank you to Royal Farms for their generous donation," said Bill Henkel, executive director of the pantry. "It’s nice to know a good neighbor has moved in.”

Schilling encouraged others in the Grandy community to reach out with ways Royal Farms can be supportive. Supporting first responders, schools, community organizers and local hospitals are a few ways Royal Farms has shown its commitment to giving back in other communities.

"At Royal Farms, we are passionate about finding ways to give back to the neighborhoods we do business in. Our donation to the Lower Currituck County Food Pantry is our way of thanking Grandy, North Carolina, for welcoming us into this historic community,” Schilling.

The retailer plans to open additional stores in North Carolina in New Bern, Greenville, Lumberton, Kinston and Jacksonville, N.C.

Royal Farms opened its first c-store in Baltimore in 1959 under the name White Jug. Today, the Mid-Atlantic chain has more than 270 locations in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia and now North Carolina. The chain is known for its fried chicken.

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