The convenience top 101

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Royal Farms

Headquarters:Baltimore
No. of Stores:155
Avg. Store Size:4,000 sq. ft.
States of Operation:Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia

Since 1959, Royal Farms has advertised itself as the “go-to” place for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and gasoline, being known for its fried chicken and touch-screen foodservice ordering. The chain’s motto is “to be the quick and friendly restaurant of choice by offering quality, freshly prepared foods, convenience products and value-priced fuel.”

Stores sell Royal Farms-branded fuel, with the company offering a fleet-fueling program and fleet cards.

Royal Farms plans at least 10 to 15 new stores in 2014, which includes tear downs and rebuilds. Remodels are always ongoing, while seeking new sites throughout the four-state area.

The chain is known for its commitment to the environment through its green building initiatives.

In late 2012, the company transitioned to an almost entirely part-time workforce to avoid paying health benefits to its employees as part of the Affordable Care Act. It reduced most employees’ hours to less than 30 hours per week.

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