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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 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 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 , 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.

Owen September 11, 2012 at 08:57 PM
What can be found at Johnnies that is so special? It's a run of the mill grocery store. And it's not cheap, as has already been stated. Seriously, a Whole Foods would be a smash hit. And if you're so concerned about community relations in Charlestown and don't like people fighting, then why wold you put yourself on a picket line that is bound to get heated?
Alphanaut September 24, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Well that was nice, just got back from the Johnnies and heard an employee badmouthing Whole Foods to customers, classy.
TheMaskedTruthsayer September 24, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Probably to be expected as anxieties over the change in ownership increase. Overall, I have found the kids at Johnnies to be quite polite and realistic where expressing their feelings about WF are concerned.
Toonie September 24, 2012 at 04:25 PM
So is it going to happen? What's the latest?
Alphanaut September 24, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Good question, who knows...

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