Royal Farms re­open North East store Mon­day

Store of­fi­cial: ‘Faster, bet­ter and quicker’

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL & REGIONAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Em­ploy­ees of the Royal Farms store on Me­chan­ics Val­ley Road at Route 40 are anx­ious to get back to work.

“I’m ex­cited,” Tammy Gold­smith said. “I’m ready to get started.”

The more than 15-year-old store closed Jan. 18 and was gut­ted to al­low for a to­tal in-

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terior trans­for­ma­tion. It re­opens at mid­night Mon­day.

“We changed the lay­out in­side. It’s up­dated with bet­ter fry­ers, a new “good-to-go” case and a new smoothie ma­chine,” said Mike Jakubac, se­nior district leader. “We’ve stream­lined the whole store to make it faster, bet­ter and quicker.”

Gold­smith, from North East, was busy Thurs­day ap­ply­ing la­bels to a new bank of cof­fee sta­tions where cus­tomers will get their morn­ing wake-up brew.

“The new deli is huge and you can see ev­ery­thing from the reg­is­ters,” she said.

Jenn Jus­tus was also ea­ger to get back to the store clos­est to home. The North East woman worked at the Per­ryville Royal Farms dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion of the 4,500-square-foot store.

“The deli is big­ger, with more room and more selections,” Jus­tus said.

Look for mashed pota­toes and gravy, mac­a­roni and cheese, a sev­eral new chicken sand­wiches on the menu. Larger win­dows let in more day­light on a long row of counter space and seat­ing with ac­cess to charg­ing sta- tions for elec­tronic de­vices.

Jakubac said cus­tomers will also notice the ex­pan­sion to the rear of the store where there are 30 new park­ing spa­ces and high-flow diesel pumps for large-ca­pac­ity trucks. Driv­ers can fill both tanks at the same time with the dual sys­tem. Diesel ex­haust fluid is also now avail­able at the rear pumps.

Mean­while driv­ers of elec­tric cars can add this store to their list of fill­ing sta­tions. DC Fast Charg­ers have been in­stalled, with the first 30 days of oper­a­tion free. After­ward driv­ers can recharge their ve­hi­cle for 29 cents per kilo­watt hour. These fast charg­ers can re­vive a car bat­tery in 28 min­utes, com­pared to in home sys­tems that re­quire an overnight wait.

This is the 14th such sta­tion to be in­stalled at a Royal Farms store. The Ce­cil­ton store also has a unit.

With open­ing day ap­proach­ing, store leader Sharon Parker ad­mits to be­ing just as anx­ious as her staff.

“We’ve had a lot of our reg­u­lar cus­tomers come by,” she said Thurs­day. “One look in­side and they are blown away.”

“It’s go­ing to be re­ally ex­cit­ing the first day,” Parker said.

For open­ing week, the store is of­fer­ing spe­cials. Mon­day through Fri­day, cus­tomers can get foun­tain so­das for 79 cents. Wed­nes­day through Fri­day is free cof­fee days. In the fu­ture, look for tast­ing events to sam­ple new menu items.

Ren­o­va­tions con­tinue at the Royal Farms store on Ja­cob Tome Highway near Port De­posit. That store is set to re­open the sec­ond week of June.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Jenn Jus­tus was ea­ger to get back to work at the Royal Farms store in North East. The store has been closed since Jan­uary for re­mod­el­ing. Jus­tus had the job Thurs­day of la­bel­ing shelves in the cooler cases.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Lisa Sut­ton and Tammy Gold­smith were busy Thurs­day with the set up of the newly-re­mod­eled Royal Farms store on North East. The ladies were ap­ply­ing la­bels to the cof­fee sta­tions. Af­ter be­ing closed since Jan­uary, the store on Route 40 at Me­chan­ics Val­ley Road opens at mid­night Mon­day.

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