Township Board OKs Liquor License for Royal Farms

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – No one – neither members of the public, or members of Lower Pottsgrove’s Board of Commissioners – raised objections in a Thursday (May 19, 2022) public hearing to the inter-municipal transfer of a liquor license from an East Greenville restaurant to the Royal Farms convenience store proposed for Armand Hammer Boulevard.

Commissioners unanimously agreed to the transfer once the hearing ended. The session took just 17 minutes to complete.

Royal Farms attorney Jonathan Jordan assured board President Bruce Foltz, who attended the meeting virtually, that only a limited number of patrons drink alcoholic beverages on site at its other stores, and those are restricted to only one beverage per person. It’s unlikely, Bruce learned in answer to his question, that few if any people would congregate to drink inside the store.

“It’s not ‘Cheers,’ and not a place to hang out with friends,” Jordan emphasized. “It’s not going to be a bar scene at all,” he said.

Jordan and a company representative also noted that supervisory personnel would be available to assist other staff members in accepting payments for liquor purchases, which also are limited to only one point-of-sale location in the store. All alcoholic beverage sales – consisting of beer and wine, primarily for take-out – will be handled by individuals trained under state requirements, they added.

For all individuals who must provide proof of age for such purchases, only state-supplied driver’s licenses or personal identification cards, and no others, will be accepted, according to the attorney. Cashiers are reminded by electronic means that age proofs must be offered before transactions proceed. All purchases are seen on monitored video cameras, he reported.

“We’ve been handling our business like this for years,” Jordan told commissioners. “It works well for us, and for the community too.”

Alcoholic beverages at Royal Farms will be sold Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., per state law, the board learned.