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Charlestown Foodmaster to Become a Whole Foods

Reports that Whole Foods was interested in the site, along with five others in the Boston area, were true, according to an announcement from Johnnie's Foodmaster.

Update, 10:40 a.m.: According to a separate announcement from Whole Foods, the two supermarkets are not disclosing the terms of the agreement.

Whole Foods also said this: "Whole Foods Market has guaranteed interviews to all Johnnie’s Foodmaster employees at the six acquired locations with the goal of hiring as many as possible."

Original story:

It's official: Johnnie's Foodmaster next to Thompson Square will become a Whole Foods.

According to an announcement sent by Foodmaster Friday morning, the supermarket chain has agreed to transfer six Foodmaster locations in the Boston area to the Texas-based upscale supermarket company.

In addition to the supermarket in Charlestown, Johnnie's Foodmasters in Somerville, Arlington, Brookline, Melrose and South Weymouth will be transferred to Whole Foods.

According to the announcement, those supermarkets will likely close sometime before Nov. 30, when the transfer is scheduled to be officially completed.
The announcement says Whole Foods will remodel the buildings and hopes to reopen them at the end of its 2013 fiscal year. Because the company's fiscal year ends at the end of September, that would mean the markets would reopen in late summer or early fall of 2013.

Reports that Whole Foods was interested in the Johnnie's Foodmaster sites surfaced in August.

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YOUR TAKE: Whole Foods to Buy Out Johnnie's Foodmaster?

Zach November 02, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Also... Regarding price, the "Bar" of fried, processed food filled with chemicals is 6.99 per pound at Foodmaster, vs. 7.99 for fresh, healthy, nutritious more filling prepared food at whole foods. This is a no brainer. If you compare costs alone, Whole Foods wins. Factor in taste, quality and nutrition, then Whole Foods is a total win for the neighborhood.
JustAnother November 02, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Part of Charlestown's charm is the walkability and that it has everything you need - post office, drug stores, doctors, hw store, library, groceries all right here. I have 2 little ones and the library being shut for 4 months has been a pain. No local groceries just a few blocks away? Yes. We'll live through it. But for so many people its going to be a hassle. Doesn't matter whether its Johnnies, Stop-n-Shop, WH or Trader Joe's, its got more than the local convenience stores. Any chance of a short-term corner grocery store to fill the gap?
Jacqulyn November 15, 2012 at 05:04 PM
This is such crap! In need of things and don't have the time to TROOP it to stop and shop, and the little local convenience stores don't carry meats or potatoes SMH... This was such a bad call! If they we're so interested in johnnies FINE buy it out but damn be smart and don't leave us w/o a grocery store for a year... This is so unfair and I'm so annoyed.. looks like it's cereal for my family tonight cause I don't have the luxary of a car and I'm in school all day until I pick up my daughter so no time for the bus either.. but yet again whole foods doesn't care about their new neighbors so.. guess that's my problem huh?
AnnJ December 12, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Even though it was on the "pricier" side, Johnnies was convenient. Now, here we have Whole Foods...I think a survey should have been conducted prior to them selling it off. Granted, that may not be logical in regards to the business aspect, but how many Townies shop at Whole Foods? I know the closest I have ever got to one is driving by on Rte 1 or something. Problem is...money. Not convenience, or what are the elderly, those without vehicles, etc. going to do. Not only is it a problem for Charlestown, but the North End also. Years ago when I worked there, I remember how many out-of-towners would go to Johnnies because it was closer. Sad part, no matter how many complaints, Whole Foods is still going "up."
James "Gem" Coughlin December 12, 2012 at 07:53 PM
@AnnJ why on God's green earth would a business owner conduct a survey to see if he or she should sell his or her holdings? That is the most preposterous and possibly most idiotic suggestion I have ever read. Next thing you know you'll want the Sox to survey what weekends work best with locals for homestands. C'mon.

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