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

The Boston Globe reports that Whole Foods is in talks to take over six Johnnie's Foodmaster locations, including the one at the Bunker Hill Mall.

If early-stage talks progress, Charlestown residents may have to say "good-bye" to the next to Thompson Square.

The Boston Globe reports that upscale grocery chain Whole Foods is in talks to take over six Foodmaster locations, one each in Arlington, Brookline, Melrose, South Weymouth, Somerville and Charlestown.

The report said it was unclear as to what Foodmaster would do with its remaining locations should it agree to the deal.

Some of you have commented several times recently that —.

Would you consider getting a Whole Foods the next best thing?

What do you think about the prospect of losing the Johnnie's Foodmaster?

Just a person! September 01, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Tear down the whole useless mall and put up more high priced condo's And have no business left in Charlestown
Marianne Faithfull September 01, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Change is a constant John and sometimes it just plain sucks. I'm no fan of some of the aspects of gentrification C-Town has undergone in thelast 30+ years but there have been positive aspects as well. as far as inner-city neighborhoods go, I really believe Charlestown is the best one in Boston but there is life beyond "The Town" and it sometimes encroaches upon what we have come to (erroneously) view as a birthright.
Larry Fine September 01, 2012 at 05:01 PM
There is a small parking lot that is never used to the left of Johnies, maybe Market Basket could expand the store and make it feasible. Heard that the carniies are starting a petition to keep WF from moving in???
Sandy September 01, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I work at one of them in another city don't want to say where because I could lose my job before they take over. I love working there, great people I work with and the customers have been going there for years. They are going to be bullshit as well as we are. Some of the workers have been there for a very long time and that is all they know and it's going to be really hard for them. I just think this really sucks that owners of companies can do this to their employees when the workers have busted their asses to make them the millionaires that they are now.
Chucky Collins September 04, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I work 60+ hours a week to clothe and feed my family and DON'T have enough time to take a bus to somerville or chelsea for affordable food. Shame on anyone who would condone this. You might as well come to my house and take the food from my fridge. This isn't a matter of health or convenience, its a matter of FEEDING MY FAMILY. I don't think the supporters of whole foods understand how this will change my life, or many families in my position. If upper class lowers the bar to our level, you get b grade produce. If we (the working class) are forced to raise the bar to wf, we simply go malnourished OR take bus and/or cab all the way to and from chelsea or somerville w bags and bags of food just to continue to eat. This IS a moral issue.
Toonie September 04, 2012 at 09:21 PM
It has been said, and proven through an earlier post that provided a link with a ton of weekly specials, that whole foods is no more expensive than Johnnies. News Flash - Johnnies ain't cheap!
Joseph September 05, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I'm confused how this is a moral issue? I would love to see what your grocery list looks like if you believe Johnnies is an inexpensive alternative to ANY grocery store. I'd love to see Johnnies go away, but if they were to up the quality of all their products, while leaving the processed crap (yes, it is crap and it's horrible for you) as is, that store would rake it in. Hand over fist. I blame Johnnies for their own failure. They had every opportunity to meet the expanding needs of the ENTIRE Charlestown community, but choose not to. They raised prices but not the quality. If anyone is mad about what may happen with this spot, the anger should be directed to the owners of Johnnies for having failed to adapt their business plan and mission statement. Just curious, how much will WF have to pay the CNC for voting to approve this? Can you answer this Tom Cunha? Anyone in the CNC?
Jacqulyn September 07, 2012 at 02:40 PM
no food store is "cheap" but it's absolutely less expensive then whole foods.. first off the famous 5 for $20 meat deal, and EVERYBODY KNOWS THEY STOCK UP!!! I see so many comments on here saying waaaah johnnies meat and deli suck blagh blagh but they're the same people that are first in line to stock up the freezer on that "nasty meat" (myself included). is johnnies meat my first choice NOPE! I prefer stop and shop meat because it stays fresh longer.. but on the days when I forgot to defrost something or ran out I will stop and get what I need to feed my family, or like I mentioned the 5 for $20 I'M THERE! Since no one else said it but is thinking it I WILL lets mention our little guilty pleasures.. chips, ice cream, candy.. theres just certain brands that we prefer that whole foods don't carry. I weigh 135 soaking wet with rocks in my pocket and am healthy as an ox YES I enjoy my "not so healthy foods" and use microwave veggies like birds eye steam fresh, and the ore-ida steam and mash potatoes.. SOMETIMES I JUST DONT HAVE THE TIME TO PEEL CHOP AND MASH! I'm a student and have have a daughter thats in all sorts of activities so I'm an on the go mom.. there's a lot of reasons whole foods replacing johnnies is a BAD IDEA!!! it's being put there for the yuppies and thats selfish for the rest of the community.. and did anyone even mention the elderly home behind johnnies?? now they have to troop on buses when there is a free shuttle to whole foods in beacon hill? THINK ABOUT IT
Joseph September 07, 2012 at 02:51 PM
5 for $20 is not a deal, they are getting rid of all the outdated products. I can count on one hand how many times I've shopped at Johnnies in the past 5 years. You don't have to be a yuppie to shop at WholeFoods. Young Urban Professional. I love the label put on those that have worked hard in an attempt to be successful. Class warfare at it's finest!! Jacqulyn, best of luck in school!! I admire you and can't imagine how difficult it is to do what you do. I hope once you graduate, you get a job in something you love to do. And if you're young, and still living in the city, and work in some sort of office, welcome to Yuppy Land!!
Owen September 08, 2012 at 03:53 AM
That's a stellar plan for a community you claim to cherish.
Owen September 08, 2012 at 03:57 AM
People like you are exhausting. How dare you insult people like me who are the farthest thing from "yuppy", who came to Charlestown because it's a beautiful place to live. I'm enlisted in the Coast Guard, and my fiance and I absolutely fell in love with this place instantly. Thanks for the welcome.
just thinking September 08, 2012 at 06:59 PM
let the illegals decide where they want to spend EBT cards,because lets face they run this state,deval patrick is their water boy
Owen September 08, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Brilliant analysis...
Chucky Collins September 09, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Joseph, allow me to reiterate. This is a moral issue because if Whole Foods comes to town, my family will be forced to go without along with many other families in our town. Will we starve to death? We both know we wont. However we will be forced to spend far more a month for less groceries. When you struggle to pay rent month to month as it is, a huge spike in the cost of living is a scary thing. Is that not within reason? Who cares if its higher quality? My kids dont! And as for my grocery list? LOL! Hotdogs and beans, pork chops, spaghetti and meatballs. I dont eat out. I dont buy junk food. I MIGHT order a pizza from Jennys once a month to celebrate a big day for my kids. I dont spend this extra cash because Im a responsible man and I know I cant afford it. Maybe you think the food at Johnnies IS crap. MAYBE youre right! But I can afford it. It feeds my kids, neither of which are obese or unhealthy. Owen C, good for you. You can afford Whole Foods. Im happy for you, truly I am. I cant. Im not asking for sympathy. This is a debate over whether or not Whole Foods is right for Charlestown, correct? Or at least thats what its become. Im simply stating some reasons it is not right for Charlestown. Johnnies is the ONLY supermarket in our neighborhood (ours meaning both lifelong residents and those new to the area). We can all afford it. WF, if deal goes through, will then be the only supermarket in the neighborhood. MANY of US ( your neighbors ) cant afford it.
Gtree October 26, 2012 at 01:12 PM
It's done- Johnny's to close before Nov 30! For how long?
Chris B October 26, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Great news! http://www.boston.com/businessupdates/2012/10/26/whole-foods-agrees-buy-leases-for-six-johnnie-foodmaster-locations/ZjNnbbzoK8efr3RaEH4FFL/story.html Says they'll plan to re-open as Whole Foods by Fall 2013.
Lisa Schievink October 26, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I just saw on boston.com that foodmaster will have to close by Nov 30 so that Whole foods can hope to open by the fall of 2013. What the hell are the residents of ctown supposed to do now.
Seamus O'Sullivan October 26, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Seriously. While I'm a big fan of Whole Foods coming, WTF are we supposed to do for the next year? Whoever is in charge of planning this should be shot.
Gtree October 26, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Big winners- 777 and store 24. A-1 could gt an increase if they get rid of the gang in front.
Owen October 26, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Seamus, Shot? I'm sure you don't mean that because advocating someone's murder is not ok.
Owen October 26, 2012 at 02:31 PM
You're not getting as much of a deal on groceries at Johnnies as you think you are. I have no idea where this myth that Johnnies is this super inexpensive Utopia of social justice came from, but it's ridiculous.
Seamus O'Sullivan October 26, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Thanks for the ethics lesson brah. See: hyperbole.
Owen October 26, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Seamus, Wow. You're so clever. Still, what you said was out of line. Anyway, I'm not surprised that the remodeling will take the better part of a year for all of the locations (you must have missed that part).
Owen October 26, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Doubtful. God forbid the delinquents loitering in front of those stores have their civil liberties infringed upon. Peapod should be salivating at this, though. It could be a huge bump in business for them.
Owen October 26, 2012 at 02:49 PM
This has nothing to do with Charlestown at this point. I'm sure the store will be open before the fall of 2013. The lengthy timeline is most likely to give them plenty of time for any "Murphy's law" situations. As for groceries, I've taken to using Peapod quite a bit. Very reliable and an alternative to going to an actual store.
Jacqulyn October 26, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Peapod works for you cool.. but everyone keeps forgetting about the elderly home behind johnnies.. low income elderly housing so I'm pretty sure they are getting food stamps, peapod is out for them. I'm sure a majority do not own a car and need walkers and wheelchairs.. oh well we're getting our whole foods so let them pay the little money they get on SSI on cabs not my problem.... SMH some people are just so inconciderate of others.. what has this world come to?
doreen October 26, 2012 at 05:01 PM
It is sad that foodmaster doesnt give a damn about the residents of Charlestown. You can say WF isl not expensive, maybe to you who have big money coming in. I am a senior citizen and of course who cares myself and many others have a limited income. What the hell are we supposed to do for shopping until WF opens. (which I know I will not frequent.) We need a bus to Demoulas in Chelsea for Charlestown residents who are not RICH.
Toonie October 26, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Sweeet!! Trips to Stop and Shop for a year, but it will be well worth it. Cha-Ching!
Toonie October 26, 2012 at 07:57 PM
You don't have to be "RICH" to shop at Whole Foods. That word is thrown around WAY too much. Especially during these political races....but that's another topic.
Sean Boyle October 26, 2012 at 08:05 PM
please sign this petition for shuttle services to other grocery stores while johnnies is closed! Our elderly need this. http://www.change.org/petitions/new-england-development-whole-foods-market-inc-to-provide-shuttles-to-other-grocerery-stores-and-temporary-job-placements

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