ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Royal Farms, a Baltimore-based c-store, is expanding into Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, reports the Morning Call. Royal Farms currently operates nearly 20 stores in Pennsylvania, but the latest addition sits in a spot with healthy competition and a growing economy.
Royal Farms is often seen as a “restaurant that sells gas,” known for its crispy fried chicken, flaky dinner rolls and breaded potato wedges known as “western fries.” In 2019, Food & Wine even named it “the best fast-food fried chicken a la gas station.”
“Chicken—it is their differentiator,” said Jeff Lenard, a spokesman for the National Association of Convenience Stores. “They sell other food, but it’s almost like you think of them when you want the chicken sandwich, fried chicken, chicken tenders.”
Royal Farms worked with a real estate broker to find the new $4.5 million site, first looking at more than 50 potential intersections for more than a year.