Royal Farms Wants Laurel Location

Royal Farms Wants Laurel Location

It’s often said that ‘retailers want rooftops,’ implying of course, many houses, before they’ll set up shop.

But a couple of unusually large roofs will also suffice, as in the case of new apartment complexes around Van Dusen Road in Laurel. The over 800 new units that make up the Modera Westside and Avalon Laurel are helping drive a new Royal Farms convenience store and gas nearby.

The quick shop competitor won the backing of the Laurel planning commission recently for a new store on 2.3 acres at Anderson’s Corner, or 6901 Van Dusen Road. Beyond the rooftops, the quick access to I-95 is also driving Royal Farms’ thinking about the next location for its potato wedges.

The planned Royal Farms in Laurel is part of a concerted move by the Baltimore firm to boost its county presence. Royal Farms, an affiliate of Two Farms Inc., is planning Store #287 in District Heights, at 3300 Forestville Road, and another close to the MGM casino in National Harbor.

Development and construction work is underway for a new Royal Farms at Sansbury Road and Ritchie Marlboro Road. Another appears to be in the works at Donnell Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue, with developer Visconsi Land Company. And in Brandywine, a site plan approved last year shows a Royal Farms at Moores Road and Route 5.

Anderson’s Corner started as an 18-acre annexation into the City of Laurel, followed by a rezoning to M-X-T. Ribera Development spun off the bulk of the ground to Avalon for its apartments, and kept the pad site on which it would now locate the Royal Farms.

– Maryland Newsletter