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.
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.
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.