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POLL: What Grocery Chain Would You Prefer?

Which grocery chain would you want to see in town?

Charlestown Patch readers demonstrated strong and divided reactions to Thursday's news that 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?

Owen September 11, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Marie, Please stop with the "yuppie" business. I live in Charlestown, I am not oiriginally from here, and I want a Whole Foods in the neighborhood...and I'm the farthest thing from a "yuppie". I'm enlisted in the Coast Guard, hardly a bastion of yuppie activity. Seriously, give it a rest. Also, what statistics do you have for us that proves your point? Let's see the hard numbers that prove WF will be bad for Charlestown.
Toonie September 11, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Give it a rest. Honestly. The fact is that Johnnies is expensive as well. If you can afford to shop at Johnnies, you can afford to shop at Whole Foods and maybe even become more healthy for it. If you disagree, then you're simply whining for the sake of hearing yourself whine. As for the workers...if they're good employees they should keep their jobs. I hope they all do. But you know what, companies buy each other out every day. It's part of living in the USofA. Life goes on.
ctownBOS September 11, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I agree. If the employees are competent / solid workers, they will get a new job with better pay and benefits at WF. If they are immature, lazy and incompetent, they dont. I know this mindset goes against the new American way of giving handouts to those that can help themselves but choose not to. The elderly will do just fine (actually much better) at WF. This "yuppie" crap is such BS. Things constantly evolve. Its not like Charlestown was some poor blue collar town for the last 500 years and then WF comes to town and changes everything. Fact is that the largest chunk of residents in Charlestown—according to the 2010 census—are between the ages of 20 and 34. I hate this "poor me" attitude. Newsflash - you are NOT entitled to ANYTHING no matter what you hear in the mainstream news. The market dictates how things need to work not some government or local city group. No one owes you anything. Go out and get it for yourself whether that is a job, food, cellphone, cable, house, sneakers, anything. If you want it, work for it. Those who truly cant help themselves due to health or disability are a different story and they will be taken care of around here. If you are lazy and want things to just stay how they were over the last 20 years, TOO BAD. Accept the change and stop being a grumpy old man. And if you dont like it, move. Life has no promises and neither does Charlestown.
Joseph September 11, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Marie is absolutely right!! Hey Marie, I'm with you!! But for the life of me, I just can't seem to grasp this one point. If Whole Foods is buying the entire chain of Johnnies, as in, buying them out; as in, Johnnies will no longer exist; as in, Whole Foods is buying Johnnies, the inventory, the buildings they own, their outstanding leases, their shopping carts, etc., etc., etc, how will Johnnies remain in Charlestown? Is it Market Basket or Wegman's that bought out Johnnies? Or was it Hannafords or Stop & Shop? My memory is failing. Get it now Marie? You are failing to realize that the DeJesus family doesn't give a flying rats ass about the residents of Charlestown, nor any other town that they do business in. Maybe they did at one time, but not now. They could care less about whether someone makes $15k/yr or $150k/yr. They sold out. They are moving on. Good for them.
William Maffei September 13, 2012 at 12:26 AM
This is a completely valid point. WF can be economic if you are a smart shopper. Buying items that are on deal is a great way to get quality product for reasonable prices. WF also has a great generic brand that is completely affordable. I also remember reading an article in the past comparing local super markets and WF fell in the middle as most expensive (Stop and Shop being the most expensive). Sorry I don't have the link. I think WF would be a great addition to the Charlestown community. One more point, Johnie's is not at all cheap. I can come up with the same grocery list and go to a MB and pretty much get everything on my list for 1/2 the price.

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