Marple Township Reaches Deal on New Royal Farms Site

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Marple Township, its zoning board, and Royal Farms have reached an agreement on the site for a new store, writes Leslie Krowchenko for the Delaware County News Network.

The settlement was negotiated in response to a decision by the zoning board in December last year. It had denied the request based on the 24-hour operation of the store and its 16-pump fueling station.

The decision was successfully appealed by Royal Farms at the Delaware County Common Pleas Court, which led to the application being reassessed.

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The site near West Chester Pike, the Blue Route, and Lawrence Road is part of a planned development for the 31-acre parcel. The sticking point for the Royal Farms store was its continuous operation, which the board believed could make it a potential target for criminals.

The issue, however, was addressed by Police Chief Tom Murray.

“I do not see this as a major issue, as time of day is typically not a factor,” he said. “There is the possibility of a robbery whether a store is open 12 or 24 hours a day.”

Read more about the new Royal Farms store from Delaware County News Network by clicking here.

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