Robberies shut Royal Farms store in Oakland Mills

October 06, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Owners of the Royal Farms Stores in Oakland Mills Village Center say they are permanently closing their doors, in part because of a stream of robberies in the past two years. "It wasn't profitable," said Nicki Watkins, a store representative.

Officials finished removing items and boarding up the store in the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road on Friday morning.

The business is the second convenience store in the past month to close because of robberies. A WaWa Food Markets in Savage closed last month, after five robberies in five months.

Some Oakland Mills residents say teen-agers loitered frequently outside Royal Farms, and one said the closing is a loss.

"It's too bad. It's been having problems there," said Kathleen Johnson, 40, of Columbia. "I think a lot of [the problem] was people afraid of the kids."

Pub Date: 10/06/99

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