Charlestown Patch readers demonstrated strong and divided reactions to Thursday's news that Whole Foods may replace the Johnnie's Foodmaster in Charlestown (and five other locations).
Over on our Facebook page, the following comments served as strong examples of those opposed to the project:
- Donna Henderson OBrien: Great: another slap at the elderly and the poor.
- Sonny N Nichole Blackstone: Lets just make it more expaensive to live in Charlestown that way the people who made the town what it is cant live there no more
Back on the thread from the article itself, Whole Foods got a fair amount of support, including the following comments:
- Joseph: Fresh produce at WF (not organic) is cheaper than Johnnies. Fact! The pasta and sauces are similar in prices. The frozen dinners, similar. WF has a generic label and it's very tasty!
- Mum22: While I feel for the people that relied on Johnnies as their main food source, I'm thrilled that we'll have a neighborhood market that isn't filled with overly-processed "food". Whole Foods has a significantly healthier selection of foods. Yes, you may pay more, but every single study done on the subject says that the more you pay for food, the less you pay for healthcare.
A number of other readers said they woudl prefer neither chain—which got us thinking: if you could choose ANY grocery chain to be where the Johnnie's is now, which would you go with?