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January 27, 1994
A tall man wearing a ski cap robbed an Ellicott City convenience store early yesterday.The man entered the Royal Farm Store in the 4200 block of Montgomery Road at 1:50 a.m., implied that he had a weapon and ordered the clerk to open the register. He snatched cash from the register and fled, police said.The robber is described as a black male 6 feet 5 inches to 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 200 to 250 pounds. He was wearing a dark knit ski cap and a dark blue jacket.No injuries were reported.
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By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Royal Farms quietly grew over decades into one of Baltimore's most ubiquitous businesses, but last week the convenience store chain took a bigger stage. On Wednesday, the city approved a $1.25 million, five-year agreement for Royal Farms to serve as title sponsor for the Baltimore Arena, to be known starting Nov. 1 as Royal Farms Arena. The move, which comes in the midst of accelerated expansion and after years of careful branding, is a statement of bigger ambitions that simultaneously ties the retailer, headquartered in offices above one of its stores on The Avenue in Hampden, more closely to its local customers, industry watchers said "By having an arena that carries your name, you're saying, 'Not only are we the corner store, but we're the corner store in your community,' " said Jeff Lenard, vice president of strategic industry initiatives for the National Association of Convenience Stores.
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NEWS
October 7, 1991
A Severn man was robbed Friday outside the Royal Farm store on Donaldson Road, police said.According to police, a man walked up to the victim about 12:45 p.m. and asked for a jump start. He pointed to his van on Donaldson Road; another manstood next to it.After the victim agreed to help, one of the men took out a .38-caliber handgun and demanded money. The man gave up his wallet.Police described the first robber as a black man about 19 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and wearing a blue shirt and jeans.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Baltimore's spending panel voted unanimously Wednesday to change the Baltimore Arena's name to the Royal Farms Arena in exchange for about $1.2 million over five years. Under the terms of the agreement, the Baltimore-based convenience store chain — which is perhaps best known for its Western fries and fried chicken — would pay $250,000 annually to the city annually for five years. The deal would roughly triple the amount received by the city for the title sponsorship when it was known as 1st Mariner Arena . That agreement, approved in 2002, netted the city $75,000 a year before it expired at the end of 2012.
NEWS
August 14, 1995
A man who asked for a job application at a Columbia convenience store grabbed a clerk's arm and forced her to give him cash early Friday, Howard County police said.The woman was not seriously injured in the robbery of the Royal Farm store in the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road in Oakland Mills village. Police said the robber claimed he had a gun but never showed one.According to police, the man entered the store at 5:20 a.m., inquired about job opportunities there and began filling out a job application.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1995
The Baltimore-based Royal Farm Stores chain has removed all adult and pornographic magazines from its two Harford County stores after parents, ministers and public officials complained."
BUSINESS
By Bill Atkinson and Bill Atkinson,SUN STAFF | March 6, 1996
NationsBank Corp. plans to install cash-dispensing machines in 15 Royal Farm Stores in greater Baltimore beginning next week, a company official said yesterday.The bank will have the machines in the convenience stores by June, said Gary Fleming, NationsBank's marketing executive for the mid-Atlantic.Mr. Fleming said NationsBank also is talking to Royal Farm's Baltimore-based parent, Cloverland Farms Dairy, about putting machines in another 64 stores that operate throughout Western Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and the Baltimore region.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Staff Writer | July 10, 1993
With two suspects locked up in a series of sexual assaults in the Rodgers Forge area, Towson Precinct police are now shifting their attention to a string of armed holdups at two convenience stores in the Ruxton and Bare Hills areas.Since April 25, police said, the Royal Farm store at 6067 Falls Road near Lake Avenue has been held up seven times -- on April 25, twice on April 26, April 30, June 2, 12 and 18.About 2 1/2 miles away, the Royal Farm store at West Joppa and Thornton roads in the community of Ruxton has been robbed four times -- on June 1, June 5, June 28 and July 2.The holdups all appear to be related, said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department.
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By Dilshad D. Husain and Dilshad D. Husain,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | February 25, 1997
The Howard County Board of Appeals has delayed a decision on a petition from Royal Farm Stores to have a sign larger than county regulations allow at its gas station and convenience store at Guilford Road and U.S. Route 1.The sign is in place. Last Thursday night's board meeting focused on whether there was a need for such a large sign at that location. The sign -- 22 1/2 feet high and 47 1/2 square feet -- is 2 1/2 feet taller and 7 1/2 square feet larger than permitted.John Kemp, vice president of Royal Farm Stores, apologized for erecting the sign without proper approval late last year.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2001
Two men were charged yesterday in a smash-and-grab burglary at a Parkville convenience store, and Baltimore County police say they may be responsible for several similar crimes in the area. Vasilous J. Manouse, 36, and Joseph A. Kosyjana, 43, were arrested about 3:30 a.m. near the Royal Farm store in the 8200 block of Harford Road. They are accused of stealing $700 worth of cigarettes after breaking into the store. Each has been charged with second-degree burglary and grand theft, police said.
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By Natalie Sherman and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
The city's plan to award Baltimore Arena naming rights to the Royal Farms chain of convenience stores drew praise Tuesday as a pairing almost as good as Western fries and chicken, though some questioned the need to place another corporate logo on a municipal building. Under the terms of the agreement, Royal Farms would pay $250,000 annually over five years and rename the venue Royal Farms Arena. If approved, the deal would roughly triple the amount received by the city for the title sponsorship when it was known as 1st Mariner Arena . That agreement, approved in 2002, netted the city $75,000 a year before it expired at the end of 2012.
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By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The Baltimore Arena will be getting a face-lift quickly, with the city expected to select Royal Farms on Wednesday as the venue's new title sponsor. The Baltimore-based chain of convenience stores known for its fried chicken has agreed to pay $250,000 per year for five years to name the 14,000-seat arena the Royal Farms Arena. If approved, the new name would go into effect Nov. 1, according to the agenda for Wednesday's Board of Estimates meeting. Efforts to reach leaders of the 160-store business, which operates in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia, were unsuccessful Monday evening.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
Royal Farms will go before the Annapolis Board of Appeals on Tuesday for a review of its plan to open a store at City Dock. Royal Farms wants to open in the former home of Stevens Hardware at 142 Dock St. in downtown Annapolis. The Baltimore-based company is seeking approval of a special zoning exception that would allow for a delicatessen in the building. Royal Farms has argued that its concept for the Annapolis store would be a deli, as opposed to a convenience store. Convenience stores are not allowed under the zoning restrictions in the historic district.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
A 20-year-old Severn man was shot several times early Saturday morning at a convenience store in Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County police said. The shooting happened around 1 a.m. after the man got into an argument with a suspect - who police described only as a black man - outside a Royal Farms store in the 7200 block of Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., police said. The victim was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The suspect left on foot and was not found in a police, K-9 and Aviation Unit search of the area.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
The fate of the Baltimore area's last drive-in theater continued to play out in the courts Monday, as the owner of Bengies Drive-In appeared before a three-judge panel in Annapolis. He asked them to reinstate an $838,000 jury award to pay for a wall shielding the property from the lights of a nearby convenience store. The jury had found in favor of Bengies owner D. Edward Vogel in June 2012, agreeing that lights on the Royal Farms store's property were visible from the Middle River drive-in and interfered with its business - and with plans to add a second screen to the complex.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
Royal Farms kept its proposal for a downtown Annapolis store alive following a hearing before the city's Board of Appeals Tuesday night. Royal Farms had applied for a special zoning exception to allow a deli in the former home of Stevens Hardware at 142 Dock St., but city planners declined to forward the application to the appeals board. In a letter sent to the company last month, Acting Planning Director Sally Nash said the proposed Royal Farms is a convenience store - which is not allowed in the historic district - rather than a deli, which is allowed with a special zoning exception.
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | February 28, 1997
It looked as if a one-man crime wave was about the end early Wednesday, as Baltimore County police prepared to arrest the man they suspected of robbing the Royal Farm Store on Falls Road near Lake Avenue five times between Jan. 14 and Feb. 20.But as detectives obtained a warrant for Reginald Eugene Cooper, 28, of the 4600 block of Reisterstown Road, another man -- with what he said was a Molotov cocktail -- robbed the store of $50 about 5 a.m."I thought we were going to see the last of it," employee Joanne Harper said of the early morning robberies.
NEWS
July 20, 1993
Royal Farm store robbed by three menA gunman and two accomplices robbed a Glen Burnie convenience store early yesterday, police said.Investigators said three men walked into the Royal Farm store in the 200 block of Oak Manor Drive at 2:16 a.m. One man walked behind the counter and ordered a clerk to open the cash register, police said.As one robber removed the cash drawer, the gunman fired a shot from a 9 mm handgun, but missed the clerk. All three men ran from the store, police said.Witnesses saw the robbers drive from the parking lot in a dark-colored Oldsmobile Cutlass or Buick Regal with Maryland license plates.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2014
A 60-year-old woman crashed her car through the front of a Royal Farms convenience store in Towson and hit a customer inside Saturday evening, Baltimore County police said. The customer, a 46-year-old woman, was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being pinned against a counter by the driver's Subaru Impreza, police said. Police said the driver was not impaired and the cause of the crash is not yet known. The incident is under investigation. The store in  600 block of Southwick Drive in Towson was  severely damaged, but did not affect the soundness of the structure, according to county fire department supervisors.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
Royal Farms is appealing a decision by Annapolis officials that put a halt to the company's plan to move into a historic building at City Dock. The company has sought to open a delicatessen at the former site of Stevens Hardware at 142 Dock St., but city planners say it's a convenience store, not a deli — and thus is not allowed under current zoning. The Annapolis Board of Appeals will hold a hearing on the issue March 4. Royal Farms applied for a special zoning exception to allow a delicatessen last year.
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