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By Erin Schwager

Receive a Royal welcome

Local convenience store becomes 'one-stop shop


Erin Schwager | SAM

Gathering spot • Royal locals meet daily at Royal One Stop for conversation and cards. The convenience store is located at 1000 West Highway 20, in Royal.

Every morning, vehicles fill the lot at Royal One Stop, where customers are greeted at the door by a group of individuals playing cards. While the town's population has dwindled over the years, Royal One Stop continues to flourish.

The "Royal Centennial" outlines the history of the business. The convenience store has not always been called Royal One Stop. The business started in the early 1920s when Hiram and Louise Beal bought land from a Mr. Allen and built a service station and home on the property. They called

it Beal Oil Company.

Beal was known for taking deliveries to farmers in t...

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