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Somerville's Beacon Street Foodmaster to Become a Whole Foods

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 on Beacon Street in Somerville 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 on Beacon Street, Johnnie's Foodmasters in Charlestown, Arlington, Brookline, Melrose and South Weymouth will be transferred to Whole Foods.

According to the announcement, those supermarkets will likely close sometime before Nov. 30, when the transfer is scheduled to be officially completed.
The announcement says Whole Foods will remodel the buildings and hopes to reopen them at the end of its 2013 fiscal year. Because the company's fiscal year ends at the end of September, that would mean the markets would reopen in late summer or early fall of 2013.

Reports that Whole Foods was interested in the Johnnie's Foodmaster sites surfaced in August. At the time, Somerville Patch readers .

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federico October 28, 2012 at 06:32 AM
DeJesus is a dirtbag, the other 4 stores are closing and the employees there have been .told that they are being laid off. Don't believe the crap about Whole foods hiring the people in the 6 stores that were sold. Whole foods has had 2 open houses/career fairs in the last few weeks and has hired/training over 200 new employees before this news broke. I worked at Foodmaster for over 15 years and I'm now working in a non retail related job, but friends of mine who work at Whole foods told me that they will only hire about half of the employees in the stores that they bought. None of the new stores will open until the summer of 2013, but all 10 Foodmasters will close on Nov. 30th
Carol October 28, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Another high end grocery store in Somerville. Just what we need,.. Where were all of you when Wal.Mart Grocery Store was interested in opening near Assesmbly Square? The yuppies fought to keep them out. Instead now we have a "Whole Paycheck" moving in!
Linda October 30, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Federico, can you confirm that all Foodmasters are closing? I like the one on Rt. 16.
Zach November 02, 2012 at 06:39 PM
@Serbecca Whole Foods pays way better! Hires more people and is a growing company with great training programs. They have already said that they will be hiring people from Foodmaster. This is a GOOD THING for those workers!
Robert Donaldson Sr. November 16, 2012 at 04:46 AM
I got my first job at Johnnies. I started at the Beacon St. store, then got transferred to the Alewive store, then to Ball Sq. and finally back to Alewive. The Christmas parties were always a good time. Johnnies will be missed.

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