Royal Farms looks at Havre de Grace site

Havre de Grace's iconic Bridge Diner in the shadow of the Hatem Bridge closed earlier this month. The Royal Farms convenience store chain continues to evaluate the site with an eye toward putting a new store, a city official says. (Photo by Ted Hendricks/The Record staff / December 19, 2013)

Royal Farms is continuing to move forward with its expected acquisition of a site at the Route 40 intersection where Havre de Grace's now-closed Bridge Diner stands, a city official says.

A contractor for the convenience store chain was at the triangular island near Route 40 and Ohio Street last week to do some advance investigation of utilities on the site, Havre de Grace planning and zoning deputy director Donald J. Bautz said.

"As far as I know, Royal Farms is still moving forward with the project," Bautz said Wednesday.

Construction will not start this month, at least, he said.

Bautz said he expects the regional chain to settle on the former Bridge Diner property in late February at the earliest.

A spokesman for Royal Farms, who declined to give his name, confirmed the company has been doing investigative work at the site but has yet to start construction. He referred all questions to Havre de Grace city officials.

Royal Farms also has a store and gas station on Revolution Street, which was recently remodeled.

Bridge Diner, which got its name for its proximity to the Route 40 Thomas Hatem Memorial Bridge, closed for good last month.

Royal Farms has 12 other stores in Harford County.