Royal Billiard and Recreation has been in the business of fun for nearly 40 years, since Frank and Connie Gorup first opened its doors near five-points intersection in Montgomeryville in 1982.
Frank was previously a corporate employee who had the entrepreneurial bug.
Connie already owned and operated her own retail store.
The original plan was to return to their home state of Kansas and open a billiard supply store, but due to a last-minute change they remained in Pennsylvania – their three daughters were thrilled!
“We sell fun – it doesn’t get much better!” says Audra DelConte, Frank and Connie’s daughter.
In 2002, Audra partnered with her parents and is now the sole owner of the business.
Regarded as the number one Home Recreational Showroom in the Delaware Valley, Royal Billiard and Recreation – which relocated to its current location at 2622 Bethlehem Pike in Hatfield in 1994 – provides entertainment items such as pool tables, shuffleboard tables, darts and dart supplies, bars, bar stools and kitchen stools, game room art, hot tubs, poker tables and supplies.
“We have relied on Royal Billiard for many things across the years – pool table, pool table rebuild, dart boards, foosball, poker table. They have provided us amazing pool lessons, great support in designing our game room and excellent service. We are fortunate to have them in the area,” said longtime customer Kendall Martin.
Bud Rendf says, “I try to visit Royal Billiard at least once a month. They always have a great selection of pool cues and pool accessories. I purchased both of my pool cues from Royal Billiards and I couldn’t be happier. The staff is top notch and they are always friendly and extremely helpful. If your looking for a new pool table, pool cue, pool balls, pool case, tips, chalk, etc., then this is the place to go.”
Pool tables have always been the largest aspect of the business, says Audra, who adds that that includes service, repair and moving.
“I’ve been a long time customer of Royal Billiards. Along with purchasing a table and other accessories, I’ve had Royal disassemble and reassemble my table multiple times due to home moves. Their teams of professionals are courteous, knowledgeable and extremely willing to do whatever it takes to make the customer happy. I highly recommend that anyone thinking of purchasing a pool table, should visit Audra and her team,” says Joseph Feilmeier.
Over the years, while trends in entertainment have evolved, the core values of the family-owned business have not changed.
“Many of our vendor relationships have lasted over 30 years! We are also proud that most of our staff has been with us for over a decade,” said Audra.
“I have enjoyed getting to know so many people in our community as well as surrounding communities through the store.”
Currently Royal Billiard and Recreation is redoing its 4,000 square-foot showroom.
The store is open seven days a week, 10:00am to 8:00pm Monday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00am to 6:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, and noon-4:00pm on Sunday.
For more information, visit https://royalbilliard.com or call the showroom at 215-997-7777.
PHOTO CAP: Audra DelConte, owner of Royal Billiard and Recreation