Residents are invited to hear an update on the new grocery store moving into the former Johnnie's location in Charlestown.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
Kim Hall will serve as store team leader for the local market when it opens.
The Charlestown Neighborhood Council last week met the woman who will be managing the community's new Whole Foods Market, Store Team Leader Kim Hall. Hall, a Needham resident who has been with the company for about 13 years, talked about some of the special features the new grocery store would offer and expressed her excitement about getting to know Charlestown. Hall didn't have an exact answer for the council's biggest question: When will the new store open? But another Whole Foods representative present at the meeting said the typical renovation process takes about nine months and that construction got underway at the Bunker Hill Plaza site about one month ago—which would put the opening around November, about one year after the former …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Renovations are underway at the former Johnnie's Foodmaster in Charlestown, with plans for an upcoming job fair.
The transformation of Johnnie’s Foodmaster into a Whole Foods Market is moving ahead, with a goal of opening “as quickly as possible,” according to a company spokesperson. The former Johnnie’s building, located in Charlestown’s Bunker Hill Mall, has been closed since November as the building undergoes renovations. Whole Foods Market spokesperson Heather McCready said she does not yet have an estimated completion date but that work continues as scheduled. Company officials said last fall that they expected the store to open by late summer or the following autumn. “The renovations are underway, and our goal is to open as quickly as possible,” McCready said in an email. “Once we have a clearer picture of when the store will be ready, we will …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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…
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Here are the upcoming transportation options available to Charlestown residents.
Planning a New Year's Eve party or a family feast on the first day of 2013? Johnnie's Foodmaster is closed while it is being renovated into a Whole Foods, but there are several options for Charlestown residents who need a ride to the grocery store. Here's a look at the free service schedule for the next few days: Shuttle to Whole Foods (Beacon Hill) Shuttle to Stop and Shop (Medford) No service offered. Shuttle to Stop and Shop (Medford) Special New Year's Eve shuttle to Shaw's (Somerville) No service offered. The John F. Kennedy Family Service Center is hosting a phone line for the weekly shuttle schedule. For shuttle times and other information, call 617-241-8866 ext. 1322.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Need to pick up a turkey, egg nog, stocking stuffers or just the basics? Here's a look at the free bus services available to Charlestown residents.
Whether you've got company coming, want some sweet stocking stuffers or just need to grab a few staples, it's not as easy anymore as walking down to Johnnie's Foodmaster, now that the store is closed while it is being renovated into a Whole Foods. Luckily, several supermarket companies are offering free transportation to their stores in nearby towns. Here's a look at the service schedule for the next few days: Shuttle to Whole Foods (Beacon Hill) Shuttle to Stop and Shop (Medford) No service offered. Shuttle to Stop and Shop (Medford) Special Christmas Eve shuttle to Shaw's (Somerville) No service offered. Shuttle to Stop and Shop (Medford) Shuttle to Whole Foods (Beacon Hill) Shuttle to Stop and Shop (Medford) Shuttle to Shaw's (…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Charlestown Neighborhood Council is distributing a complete list of transportation options available to local residents.
[UPDATE Friday, 6:53 a.m.] Johnnie's Foodmaster may be closed, but there are plenty of places nearby where Charlestown residents can go for food and other staples. And three supermarket companies are helping residents get there by offering free weekly shuttle services. Shuttles include: Most shuttles pick customers up in the Bunker Hill Mall, near the now closed Johnnie's Foodmaster building—which is set to reopen as a Whole Foods sometime next year. The Whole Foods service is already underway. Stop and Shop's program beginsi Dec. 7, and Shaw's begins Dec. 11. For full schedules and pickup locations, see the attached PDF in the image gallery above. The John F. Kennedy Family Service Center is hosting a phone line for the weekly shuttle …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The complimentary Thursday and Saturday service will begin Nov. 21.
While Charlestown residents have been busy working on ways to get their neighbors to a grocery store once Johnnie’s Foodmaster closes on Nov. 19, the company taking over the Thompson Square store has put together its own solution to the problem. Whole Foods Market, which in late October confirmed its purchase of six Foodmaster stores in the Boston area, sent out a press release Friday announcing a new complimentary shuttle service for residents in the Charlestown and North End communities. “The complimentary shuttle will take shoppers to the closest open Whole Foods Market location, in Beacon Hill, while its Charlestown store is undergoing renovations,” the press release stated. “Whole Foods Market has arranged this free shuttle service …
Friday, November 9, 2012
The Charlestown store is expected to shut down for renovations by Nov. 19.
With Johnnie’s Foodmaster reportedly closing by Nov. 19, Charlestown residents are urging officials to come up with a plan for shuttling people to supermarkets in Somerville or Chelsea. At the Charlestown Neighborhood Council meeting Thursday night, several people raised concerns about getting a transportation program up and running—especially with Thanksgiving exactly two weeks away. One council member said the decision of what to do “should have been made yesterday.” Danielle Fitzgerald, neighborhood coordinator with the Mayor’s Office, said that the mayor was working with City Councilor Sal LaMattina and the Boston Elderly Commission to come up with a plan to help residents get to a grocery store—likely either Market Basket in Chelsea …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Whole Foods will replace the location in Charlestown, but all Johnnie's are closing. Liquidation sales have already begun.
If you thought you could drive to a different Johnnie's, you're out of luck. A week after Johnnie's Foodmaster officially announced that its Charlestown location would become a Whole Foods, Boston.com has reported the Chelsea-based supermarket chain is closing all its locations. Boston.com says an Illinois-based company, Hilco Merchant Resources, which specializes in liquidation services, has begun closing sales at all of the Johnnie's Foodmaster markets. There will be discounts of up to 30 percent, and closing sales begin Nov. 2, Boston.com reports. The closure of Johnnie's Foodmaster will leave West Somerville without a supermarket. A petition drive started in Charlestown had demanded Whole Foods send shuttle busses to take residents to …