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Johnnie's Foodmaster is Closing in West Somerville, Too

West Somerville will be without a supermarket when Johnnie's closes. Liquidation sales have already begun.

A week after Johnnie's Foodmaster officially announced that its store on Beacon Street would become a Whole Foods, Boston.com has reported the Chelsea-based supermarket chain is closing all its locations, including the one in West Somerville.

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.

SomervilleGirl November 20, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Pete, I would be in favor of a DeMoulas, but I'm sure Whole Foods is hoping to gain from the customer base who shopped at Johnnie's. I don't understand why the owner of Johnnie's wouldn't try to get DeMoulas to built one of there. They would draw a lot of customers from Somerville, Medford and Arlington. It will be interesting to see what goes there, but the people I spoke to said "it's going dark".
Ron Newman November 20, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I'd love a DeMoulas/Market Basket, but I don't think they open stores this small anymore. Maybe it could be a Save-A-Lot or Aldi?
SomervilleGirl November 20, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Ron, I am not familiar with either of those chains. I would like to see a Trader Joes, but they don't carry enough products for people to be satisfied. Market Basket would be perfect for our part of town. At least the working families wouldn't be left at a disadvantage. I wonder where they will shop now? I guess Shaws in Porter Square. It's the only closest alternative with similar products.
AHM November 20, 2012 at 01:24 AM
They have an Aldi in Medford. Sort of okay for some stuff but not really to do a lot of grocery shopping in. Have not been in a Save-A-Lot so I don't know about them. I always thought Winter Hill for an Aldi, not the greatest but would have been a big help to the elderly there. But the powers that be want that spot to be a mixed used development. I think it's too small for Alwife but better than nothing. People would still have to do a big order somewhere else. My guess is that the reason Walmart started the Neighborhood Stores is that there must be this problem in many places. Knowing them they are always looking to make dollars anywhere they can. These size stores on a big scale can make small markets more affordable. Not pushing Walmart, just the size of the store for the area.
John November 26, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I think the size of the store is a bit small for MB. I would like to see another small format grocery store come into the market like Aldi. TJ's would be great for the location too, especially they treat their employees the best of any store (people working there make $15-17/hr as hourly paid after just a few years which is far higher than what any other store pays a comparable employee). I don't care for the vibe at MB especially they have had a long history of protesting every store that tries to open up such to an extent that their presence stifles competition (not so much right now in the Somerville area but this is certainly a concern in Greater Lowell). They even forced Birch Drug to close in some of their owned plazas because they got a hold of that Stop and Shop acquired it many years ago, plus they held a Stop and Shop development for 10 years in Chelmsford based on bogus claims.

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