New-to-market Royal Farms buys two more sites in Chesterfield

A rendering of a typical Royal Farms location. (Image courtesy of Royal Farms)

A gas station/fast food chain is splashing some cash in Chesterfield as it looks to get into the Richmond market.

An entity tied to Royal Farms, a Baltimore-based chain of gas stations that also prepare and serve hot food like competitors Wawa and Sheetz, recently purchased two properties for future stores.

It bought 10301 Midlothian Turnpike and 210 E. Hundred Road in Chester for a combined $2.8 million, per Chesterfield County records.

The chain spent $2.6 million last month for a shuttered TGI Friday’s building along Midlothian Turnpike. (Mike Platania photos)

A vacant TGI Friday’s stands on the Midlothian Turnpike parcel, which Royal Farms bought on Sept. 29 for $2.6 million. A week before that it closed on the East Hundred Road parcel for $975,000, though Royal Farms has been planning to build on that wooded parcel for over a year now.

The two latest deals follow the company’s $1 million purchase in May of a 4.3-acre parcel 15501 Indian Hill Road. To date, Royal Farms has spent at least $4.6 million on land in Chesterfield County, and it’s also eyeing land it doesn’t yet own for new locations.

The chain has also filed plans in Chesterfield for a store at 3901 Warbro Road just west of the Hull Street Road-Route 288 interchange. However, that parcel is owned by German grocer Lidl, which bought it in 2017 for $2.5 million.

Work has yet to begin on a location along East Hundred Road in Chester.

Royal Farms’ interest in the region isn’t limited to Chesterfield. Last month it filed plans for a store at 301 S. Airport Drive in Henrico. Similar to the Warbro Road site, Royal Farms doesn’t yet own the 4-acre parcel at 301 S. Airport Drive.

Multiple requests for comment sent to Royal Farms were unreturned by press time.

Per its website, Royal Farms has over 200 locations, all of which are in the Mid-Atlantic from New Jersey to Virginia. The closest store it currently operates to Richmond is at 401 Temple Ave. in Colonial Heights.

One of Royal Farms’ competitors has been busy in the Richmond region as well. Sheetz is planning a pair of new locations at Stratford Hills and near Regency.

A rendering of a typical Royal Farms location. (Image courtesy of Royal Farms)

A gas station/fast food chain is splashing some cash in Chesterfield as it looks to get into the Richmond market.

An entity tied to Royal Farms, a Baltimore-based chain of gas stations that also prepare and serve hot food like competitors Wawa and Sheetz, recently purchased two properties for future stores.

It bought 10301 Midlothian Turnpike and 210 E. Hundred Road in Chester for a combined $2.8 million, per Chesterfield County records.

The chain spent $2.6 million last month for a shuttered TGI Friday’s building along Midlothian Turnpike. (Mike Platania photos)

A vacant TGI Friday’s stands on the Midlothian Turnpike parcel, which Royal Farms bought on Sept. 29 for $2.6 million. A week before that it closed on the East Hundred Road parcel for $975,000, though Royal Farms has been planning to build on that wooded parcel for over a year now.

The two latest deals follow the company’s $1 million purchase in May of a 4.3-acre parcel 15501 Indian Hill Road. To date, Royal Farms has spent at least $4.6 million on land in Chesterfield County, and it’s also eyeing land it doesn’t yet own for new locations.

The chain has also filed plans in Chesterfield for a store at 3901 Warbro Road just west of the Hull Street Road-Route 288 interchange. However, that parcel is owned by German grocer Lidl, which bought it in 2017 for $2.5 million.

Work has yet to begin on a location along East Hundred Road in Chester.

Royal Farms’ interest in the region isn’t limited to Chesterfield. Last month it filed plans for a store at 301 S. Airport Drive in Henrico. Similar to the Warbro Road site, Royal Farms doesn’t yet own the 4-acre parcel at 301 S. Airport Drive.

Multiple requests for comment sent to Royal Farms were unreturned by press time.

Per its website, Royal Farms has over 200 locations, all of which are in the Mid-Atlantic from New Jersey to Virginia. The closest store it currently operates to Richmond is at 401 Temple Ave. in Colonial Heights.

One of Royal Farms’ competitors has been busy in the Richmond region as well. Sheetz is planning a pair of new locations at Stratford Hills and near Regency.

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Bruce Milam
Bruce Milam
1 month ago

Stoplight lit corners that are serviced by utilities have always lured the convenience gas stores. 7-11 once ruled this market but never kept its market edge as WaWa and Sheetz pulled into town.I’ve been watching Royal Farms build through Delaware and Virginia Beach for years, wondering when they’d come to town. But wait until you get a load of Buc-ees! 120 pumps and 70,000sf of “convenience” store with interstate only locations. Over 1000 parking spots! Are any of these planning for EVs?

Carl Schwendeman
Carl Schwendeman
1 month ago

Royal Farms is going to have to put in a working fast charger for electric cars. What I find stupid about this they are building 2 gas stations and have these 2 proposed and yet I’m trying around in a EV. And they are still building more fossil fuel stations and EV sales are quickly growing every quarter and they are still building more dino juice stations? While they are going to ban fossil fuel cars by 2035. Also Royal Farms that do have charging stations in Maryland and they are known as the worst fast chargers due to them… Read more »

Bruce Milam
Bruce Milam
1 month ago

how are the commercial EV stations charging for the juice up?

Carl Schwendeman
Carl Schwendeman
1 month ago
Reply to  Bruce Milam

There is one on Board Street owned by EVgo and there are DC fast chargers along interstate 95 from Fredricksburg to New Jersey. But it’s very easy to get around in a RV on a 400 mile in a day trip. But once you get north of Fredericksburg.

US Route 60 is a EV wasteland along with a lot of Richmond.

John Signs
John Signs
1 month ago

Good luck with fossil fuel being banned by 2035…

Ian Coleman
Ian Coleman
1 month ago

Does anyone know what gas station is going in on the corner of Genito and Charter Colony?

James Hagan Jr
James Hagan Jr
1 month ago
Reply to  Ian Coleman

A Royal Farms, perhaps?

joseph c sutphin
joseph c sutphin
24 days ago
Reply to  Ian Coleman

sheetz and another on lucks lane.

James Hagan Jr
James Hagan Jr
1 month ago

Love! Love! Love Royal Farms! I been going to them for years, first in Delaware, then the Tidewater and Fredericksburg area. I’m not too crazy about how they built the one in Colonial Heights. I find it smaller and it doesn’t have a back entrance/ exit like the ones I usually go to. I guess we shall see how these other locations turn out. The one coming to East Hundred Rd., would be much closer to me. Anyone that hasn’t been to a Royal Farms, must try their chicken/ chicken strips and potato wedges. You won’t be disappointed unless you… Read more »

joseph c sutphin
joseph c sutphin
24 days ago

i dont see anyone having trouble getting gas. do we need more gas stations. no. it just makes these companies richer. its stupid. leave the dang land alone. just because its there dont mean you have to put something on it. cant wait for flying cars cause then we will just fly over all that crap and keep going and wont stop to buy NOTHING.haha