Plaza Tapatia torn down on South Salisbury Blvd., making way for Royal Farms

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Plaza Tapatia torn down on South Salisbury Blvd., making way for Royal Farms

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A longtime landmark on South Salisbury Boulevard is making way for a new gas station.

Workers were seen using heavy machinery Monday and Tuesday, tearing down the Plaza Tapatia building. The Mexican restaurant chain's outpost closed last month after several years in business near Salisbury University.

Its location on North Salisbury Boulevard in the Best Buy shopping center remains open.

The property is being combined with an adjoining parcel, the former site of a city of Salisbury water tower, for a new Royal Farms gas station on 1.2 acres of land.

Design drawings submitted for permitting review show a 5,100-square-foot food store flanked by four pump bays, with traffic access on South Salisbury to the west and Tower Drive to the east.

The new Royal Farms looks set to compete with one of its immediate neighbors. The property on its southern border is home to a Thirsty's convenience store and Exxon gas station.