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 …
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.
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 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 …
Friday, October 26, 2012
With the purchase of Johnnie's, Whole Foods will shut the Audstin St. market for nearly a year as they update and remodel the space.
The Townie Association is backing a petition to have transportation to nearby supermarkets for Charlestown residents and temp jobs for current Johnnie's Foodmaster employees after learning that Whole Foods had purchased Johnnie’s in Thompson Square. Johnnie’s will close sometime before Novermber 30 and construction will take about a year. “A lot of our friends work at Johnnie’s, so we want to help them. A lot of elderly people wont have a place to shop, so we want to get them to other locations,” Townie Association Member Sean Boyle said. “We want to get Whole Foods and New England development to help out the community while the supermarket is being.” “The choice of which supermarket is something that will have to be decided on at an …
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 …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
President of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council has word that Johnnies' fate hasn't been sealed yet.
The deal that would replace Charlestown’s Johnnie’s Foodmaster 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’ …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Which grocery chain would you want to see in town?
Charlestown Patch readers demonstrated strong and divided reactions to Thursday's news that Whole Foods may replace the Johnnie's Foodmaster in Charlestown (and five other locations). Over on our Facebook page, the following comments served as strong examples of those opposed to the project: Back on the thread from the article itself, Whole Foods got a fair amount of support, including the following comments: A number of other readers said they woudl prefer neither chain—which got us thinking: if you could choose ANY grocery chain to be where the Johnnie's is now, which would you go with?
Thursday, August 30, 2012
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 Johnnie's Foodmaster 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 you would like to see a Trader Joe's—potentially at a vacant building by the water's edge. Would you consider getting a Whole Foods the next best thing? What do you think about the prospect of losing the Johnnie's Foodmaster?
Friday, May 18, 2012
Readers chose Foodmaster as the best grocery or convenience store in Charlestown for this week's Best of Patch Reader's Choice award.
We asked you this week to vote for your favorite grocery or convenience store, and the winner should surprise no one. The Foodmaster on Austin Street (I know it will forever by Johnnie’s, but ‘Foodmaster’ is its official name) won with a solid 62 percent of the vote. Bob Deveaux, the store manager, said he was excited by the news. “I’d like to thank our loyal customers,” he said. I really appreciate it, That’s awesome.” Boston Organics came in a distant second with 11 percent of the vote, and we should give a nod to the Market Basket in Chelsea, even though it’s not in town. Reader Bette Task said she was a loyal customer there, and said it had the “best selection at the lowest prices anywhere.”