UPDATED: Currituck commissioners approve Royal Farms plan for first N.C. location

Rendering of a Royal Farms store that matches the one proposed for Grandy. [courtesy RoyalFarms.com]

A roadside staple of the mid-Atlantic is a step closer to making its first foray into North Carolina.

The Daily Advance reports the Currituck County Board of Commissioners have approved a site plan for a Royal Farms convenience store and gas station on a site along U.S. 158 in Grandy.

Founded in 1959 and headquartered in Baltimore, Royal Farms has more than 200 stores located in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Royal Farms is best known for what they call their “World Famous Fried Chicken – Always Fresh, Never Frozen” that’s available 24 hours a day, along with breakfast sandwiches and other fare.

Along with various grades of gasoline and diesel fuel, most Royal Farms have electric vehicle charging stations.

The closest location to the Outer Banks currently is at the corner of Centerville Turnpike and Lynnhaven Parkway in Virginia Beach. Several are also located along U.S. 13 on the Eastern Shore.

[courtesy Currituck County Planning Department]
The site plan calls for a 5,300 square foot store with fuel pumps and 67 parking spots, on the southeast corner of the intersection of Caratoke Highway and Walnut Island Boulevard.

The proposal includes incorporation of a residential property to the east and part of a commercial property to the south.

The Daily Advance reported Monday the N.C. Department of Transportation must still sign-off on proposed changes to entrances and exits to the property from U.S. 158 and Walnut Island Boulevard. Company officials have not said when they construction will begin.

A 7-11 was once located on most of the property where Royal Farms wants to build in Grandy. Nuts and Buds is currently located at 6511 Caratoke Highway. They tweeted in October there was a tentative offer on the property, and they are looking for a bigger location.

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