Check out Royal Farms, N.J.'s newest convenience store

Sunday, 05 November 2017, 09:54:43 PM. The Maryland-based convenience store is eying up Wawa's loyal customers.
MAGNOLIA -- Real chicken, real fast could be the mantra for the first of a new line of convenience stores that debuted this week in New Jersey. Royal Farms features fresh, never frozen chicken, prepared and breaded on site in a variety of ways, including off the bone, on sandwiches and in salads. The chain stakes it reputation on fried chicken. It also offers "freshly-prepared foods, convenience store products such as tobacco, money orders and lottery, as well as value-priced fuel." And, it's open 24-hours a day. The Baltimore-based company has about 185 locations, mostly in the mid-Atlantic. It has plans for five more stores to open in South Jersey over the next 18 months. The Magnolia store opened at midnight Thursday and quickly filled with a crowd around the takeout chicken counter. The buzz was still evident 36 hours later during lunchtime Friday. "I've never seen a store this crowded," said Stuart Newbill, 37, an accountant who stopped in to grab two thighs and a chicken leg. He grew up in Baltimore and used to stop in Royal Farms after school. "At home there was one just off the bus stop," Newbill said. "We'd stop in to get a soda and a snack after school. It's very similar to a Wawa, but the big difference is the chicken. I think Wawa is more known for their sandwiches." 11 new restaurants that have finally opened in N.J. (and more on the way) Dave Winterling, the head of loss prevention for the chain, was on hand for the grand opening this week. "We're a fast and...Read more
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