EAST MARLBOROUGH—Ordinarily, the approval of a conditional use order is a big step forward for a proposed development.

But the people who propose to bring a Royal Farms store and other commercial space to the defunct gas station opposite the intersection of Schoolhouse Road and Route 1 in East Marlborough Township left Monday night’s township meeting with an approval in hand but somber expressions as they considered what their next steps would be.

The construction of the Royal Farms store in East Marlborough will be the second in Chester County. Nearly two years ago, Royal Farms opened a store in the Downingtown area.