People would frequent the store on their way to a nearby pool, Wood said, and the store seemed to be busy.
According to Eldredge the store was one of the first 25 operated by Royal Farms, which now has 175 stores in the region. Eldredge did not have an exact opening date for the location, but she and several community members said the store was there at least three decades.
Tamee Bollinger, a former member of the Campus Hills Community Association board, said the store is already missed by residents who needed to make quick stops for items such as milk or snacks.
"There's no other store on the way out of our community, and it was such a convenience," she said.
"It's just such a fixture in the neighborhood, and a lot of people are very sad about it," said Susan Goodman, the communication representative for the Campus Hills Community Association.
Councilman David Marks, who represents the neighborhood, sent DeChiaro Limited Partnership a letter March 6 asking for a meeting to discuss the property's future.
"There is considerable apprehension about what might replace the convenience store, and I believe the community prefers a lower-impact use that is sensitive to neighbors," Marks said in the letter.
About two years ago, Royal Farms explored the idea of building a larger store at the site, Marks said, but nothing ever came to fruition. Marks said adding a gas station to that site would require a special exception because the site is not zoned for fuel pumps. He is against making such a change, he said.
"I will not support a gas station at that corner," he said.
Goodman said residentshave said they would like the Royal Farms to be replaced by a similar convenience store. She added that she was surprised by the store's closure, and heard about the possibility less than a week before the location closed.