Royal Farms wants to build store in Remington, civic leaders say

The Royal Farms chain of convenience stores wants to build a new store with a gas station at 29th Street and Remington Avenue in Remington, on a corner where Pizza Boli's is now, community leaders say.

The Hampden-based chain has reached out to the Remington Neighborhood Alliance and the Greater Remington Improvement Association, asking them to arrange meetings when Royal Farms representatives can tell residents about the company's plans for the store, said Judith Kunst, president of GRIA, and Joan Floyd, president of the RNA.

Royal Farms is scheduled to present its proposal at a GRIA meeting Oct. 2, 7 p.m. at Miller's Court, in the 2600 block of Howard Street, Kunst said.

Royal Farms is also scheduled to make a presentation to the RNA at its public meeting Oct. 9, 7 pm, at 501 W. 30th Street, Floyd said.

However, Ed Stronski, a spokesman for Royal Farms, said only that, "It's a site under consideration, but it's not under contract at this time. We're always looking for new sites where we think we'll be successful."

Kunst said some residents are worried that a store there would increase traffic congestion on 28th and 29th streets during rush hours.

"I know the community is concerned," Kunst said. "It would probably bring more traffic."

Floyd said the RNA is doing "our customary due diligence" to look at the plan.

"We notified the nearest neighbors after we got the call from Royal Farms," Floyd said. "Several nearby residents have expressed concerns to the RNA about the convenience store and gas station proposal."

Floyd would not elebaorate on those concerns, saying, "I think everyone is in fact-finding mode right nw."

It is not clear what would happen to the Pizza Boli's location.

Pizza Boli's officials could not be reached for comment.

Royal Farms already has a store and gas station located at 1119 W. 41st Street, at the corner of Falls Road.

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