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How Are Charlestown's Grocery Shuttles Working?

Local residents can receive free rides to Stop and Shop, Shaw's and Whole Foods markets in nearby communities.

It's been two months since Johnny's Foodmaster in Charlestown closed, and about the same amount of time since several supermarket companies began offering regular shuttle service from the Bunker Hill Mall area and other spots around town to their stores in nearby communities.

Whole Foods Market, the company that is renovating the former Johnny's location with plans to reopen later this year, offers free service to its Beacon Hill market on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Shaw's offers free service to its Somerville location on Tuesdays and Fridays, while Stop and Shop brings Charlestown customers to its Medford store on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

So now that the service has been available for a while, how is it working for Charlestown residents? Is the service convenient? Helpful? Or are the schedules or pick-up locations confusing or inconvenient? 

And how do the prices compare between these three locations and the former Johnny's Foodmaster?

Share your thoughts on the shuttle schedule and the continuing closure of Johnny's Foodmaster in the comments section below.

Matthew January 23, 2013 at 12:27 AM
I actually haven't used them. Walking and Peapod are getting us through right now. However, an update on the progress of the Whole Foods project in Charlestown would be great. Could someone at the Patch make some calls?
A. January 23, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Yes, would love to hear when we can expect Whole Foods in Charlestown.
Jay January 24, 2013 at 08:55 AM
Something tells me a lot of the people who use the shuttles are seniors, many of who don't use the internet as often or have access. We don't have a car in my household, but we use a family members or rent and go to Market Basket because the prices are the best. We do miss Johnnies but Johnnies was always pretty expensive. I am looking forward to Whole Foods just to have something available close when we forget an item or two. I used to live in West Medford and had a Whole Foods very close by. Frankly, I only shopped the sales and bought an occasional item or two. I think Whole Foods' key to success in Charlestown is to price most staples a little below what they do in other stores, otherwise I think a lot of seniors and Townies will be put off and not shop there regularly.
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 04, 2013 at 12:53 PM
To leave an inner-city community like Charlestown with it's significant elderly, disabled and non-car-owning population without a grocery store for an entire calender year is disgusting. Wholefoods is the final nail in the de-gentrification coffin of Charlestown and the news ain't good for the future.

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