Whole Foods Not a Done Deal, Yet—Cunha
President of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council has word that Johnnies' fate hasn't been sealed yet.
The deal that would replace Charlestown’s Johnnie’s Foodmaster with a Whole Foods isn’t done yet—at least, according to Charlestown Neighborhood Council Chairman Tom Cunha.
Cunha said Tuesday at the council’s September general meeting that he had gotten that news from John Dejesus, president of the Foodmaster chain.
Charlestown Patch left a voicemail with Dejesus on Wednesday to confirm the comment, but Dejesus never called back. On a followup call, the woman answering the phone told Charlestown Patch that the company was not interested in commenting.
Cunha said that multiple Charlestown residents had called his house for an update on the matter. He added that the sticking point between the two companies seemed to be how Johnnies’ employees should be treated after the completion of the deal.
Should the deal happen, Cunha said, it would likely not require any action from an official board, as the type of business in that location would not change.
Charlestown Patch readers reacted sharply to initial reports of the potential deal—with some strongly in favor of trading the Foodmaster for a Whole Foods. Others staunchly opposed the change on fears that it would make it difficult for low-income parents to feed their families.
In a related poll, Charlestown Patch readers said they would prefer a Whole Foods above all other grocery chains in town—though Market Basket led that poll early on.