Royal Wedding Excitement Reaches South Jersey

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HADDONFIELD, N.J. -

In just hours the royal nuptials will take place across the pond.

But many here in South Jersey are just as excited for the big day.

The owner of two Camden County businesses is getting ready for the Royal Wedding madness.

We’ve all heard of the saying 'the early bird catches the worm.' Well tomorrow, thanks to the London time difference, the early bird catches the Royal Wedding so much so that restaurants around the area are opening their doors earlier than normal to give people a place to watch Meghan Markle marry Prince Harry.

The British Chip Shop on Kings Highway in Haddonfield is opening up at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 19th, to serve a true English breakfast during the royal nuptials.

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England-born owner Gary Coleman opened the shop during the last Royal Wedding back in 2011 and the response was so good they couldn’t help but open again.

“The phone has been ringing off the hook [about] the Royal Wedding,” said Coleman, owner of the British Chip Shop.

Right across the way, Coleman owns another United Kingdom-inspired business, the English Gardener Gift Shop.

“It’s all good things from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, so the U.K. basically. We sell food, gifts, tea, drinks, all that type of things,” said Coleman.

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He’s had many customers come in to pick his brain on what would make their early morning Royal Wedding watch party perfect.

“It’s been very busy and just a lot of inquisitive questions - people asking what they should get," said Coleman. "So, we’re selling lots of scones, crumpets, all sorts of teas, clotted cream, biscuits — which are cookies — and different sweets and candies.” 

Along with the delicious treats, they’ve also stocked up on memorabilia featured on the Royal Couple.

“People just want to get a British flare to their little parties so they’re picking up all the buntings, Union Jack buntings," said Coleman. "We have Harry and Meghan flags with their pictures on it and the Union Jack behind it. All that kind of stuff is really, really flying out of here.” 

He does have a few royal items left up for sale.

“It’s going to be a busy day tomorrow," said Coleman, "and today is going to be really crazy as people are coming in last minute to grab their goodies for the viewing parties. So it should be a lot of fun.”

A lot of fun despite being thousands of miles and an ocean away from the Windsor Castle.

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