Royal Farms reopen North East store Monday
Store official: ‘Faster, better and quicker’
— 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-
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.
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.
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.