By now, loyal readers know we like when new signs are installed at new businesses. For us, it’s a clear “sign” that things are starting to heat up. (Pardon the pun.) Well, today, we noticed that the sign is now up at the new Royal Farms convenience store at Claiborne Parkway and Broadlands Boulevard in the Broadlands.

Besides the new sign, the gas pumps were recently installed as well. For those not familiar, Royal Farms is a well-known Maryland c-store chain that competes in the “uber convenience store” category with the likes of Wawa and Sheetz. The company is making a heavy push into Virginia and this will be the first Loudoun County location.

Another reason The Burn is excited — Royal Farms has a full-fledged fast-food restaurant inside the store and its specialty is fried chicken. Yes, some people sneer at the thought of getting fried chicken from a “gas station” but we’ve tried it and it’s darn good.

Image: Royal Farms

We don’t have any new news on an official opening date yet, but as we’ve reported previously, the company hoped to open the Ashburn location by late January or early February.