Royal Farms holds grand opening  in Georgetown

Emory Hill builds to LEED Certification standards
December 14, 2012
The new Georgetown Royal Farms store features access from Route 113 and Bedford Street, through the Boulevard car dealership. BY RACHEL SWICK MAVITY

Emory Hill & Co. of New Castle was the general contractor for the new Royal Farms in Georgetown, which recently celebrated its grand opening. The store, at the corner of routes 113 and 404, was the third Royal Farms to be built by Emory Hill.

"We are happy to continue our relationship with Royal Farms as they build more locations within Delaware," said Bob Liberato, business development director and chief estimator for Emory Hill and Co. "Emory Hill is committed to using our experience, knowledge and resources in helping Delaware companies to construct environmentally sustainable buildings such as Royal Farms Georgetown, and we are proud to work with Royal Farms in these endeavors."

The Georgetown Royal Farms was constructed in accordance with the state-of-the-art, stringent energy and water efficiency standards set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. The Royal Farms LEED construction standard was developed by Lorax Partnerships. That standard includes using low-VOC paint and energy-efficient light fixtures throughout the store; building materials containing recycled content which come from within a 500-mile radius to reduce the carbon footprint of the building; and the diversion of construction waste from landfills.

Even without a federal, state or local mandate to use sustainable building standards, Royal Farms committed to spend the extra time and money to build the Georgetown store using the U.S. Green Building Council’s rigid guidelines for LEED certification of buildings. In 2011, Royal Farms received the Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership Award for its commitment to the environment. Twenty-four Royal Farms have received, or are in the process of receiving, LEED Certification, three of which are in Delaware.

Royal Farms, founded in 1959, serves the Mid-Atlantic area and currently owns and operates around 150 convenience stores in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Emory Hill & Co. is the commercial construction division of Emory Hill Companies, which provides Delaware and the tristate area with commercial brokerage, construction, property management, maintenance and residential real estate services.