OPAL, Va.—Royal Farms continues its foray into Virginia with a planned store near the busy intersection of Routes 29 and 7 in Opal, Fauquier Now reports. Royal Farms has a robust foodservice program that includes its “world-famous” chicken, breakfast items, wraps, subs, sandwiches, salads, veggie and fruit cups and beverages.
The new Royal Farms will be just over 4,600 square feet and have a fuel island with 14 pumps. Visconsi Cos Ltd. is developing the 5.6 acres that will include the new convenience store. Wi-Not Stop and Sheetz occupy two of the intersection’s corners already. Future development of the plot will include a fast-food restaurant that hasn’t been identified yet.
“We’d be hoping to commence construction next spring and open the [Royal Farms] store in the fall,” said Jeffrey Deeds, development president. “Route 29 is kind of the bypass for a lot of people that want to avoid going to D.C., from [Interstates] 66 to 95, or vice versa,” he explained. “So, you’ve got a lot of traffic, and there’s competition (Sheetz) across the street that does very well.”
Sheetz welcomes the addition of Royal Farms to the area. “They are in a few markets that we are in,” said Nick Ruffner, public relations manager for Sheetz. “Broadly, it’s the same story: We have a wide number of competitors in every single market where we operate. And, we enjoy friendly competition with each of those companies.”