The Northampton County Board of Supervisors has approved the construction of a Royal Farms in Cape Charles.
The store will be built adjacent to the Corner Mart store at Bayview Circle.
The application was not without some controversy. Rather than being submitted by Royal Farms, it was instead submitted by the Board of Supervisors.
Former Supervisor Granville Hogg told the Mirror that he had some reservations about the new store, and noted that potential traffic issues, which already exist at the Food Lion shopping center, could be increased. Hogg has been a vocal advocate for alternative traffic patterns on that stretch of Route 13.
Hogg also found it odd that the county would be the ones to request the rezoning.
The new store is a key indicator that the economy, especially around Cape Charles is on an upward swing. Royal Farms has been looking at a store at this location for some time, but would not move forward until the traffic and demographics met the criteria.
The store is estimated to add an additional 50 to 60 new jobs to the area.