Friday, February 8, 2013
There is no schedule yet for reopening the West Somerville supermarket space.
The former site of Johnnie's Foodmaster in West Somerville will likely become a Stop & Shop. In January we reported Stop & Shop, a supermarket chain, had acquired the lease at the former Foodmaster, but at the time Stop & Shop had no comments about its plans for the site. On Friday Stop & Shop sent an official announcement about the acquisition. Here's what it says: The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced today that it has acquired the Johnnie’s Foodmaster lease at 105 Alewife Brook Parkway, Somerville, Mass. “Stop & Shop’s history began in the Somerville community and we’re pleased to have an opportunity to serve another part of the City,” said Joe Kelley, president, Stop & Shop New England Division. Stop & Shop is currently …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Is Stop & Shop planning to open a store in West Somerville, or does it have other plans for the former Johnnie's Foodmaster site?
Stop & Shop, a supermarket company, has acquired the lease at the former Johhnie's Foodmaster site in West Somerville, but Stop & Shop has not announced what it plans to do with the site. "I don't have any news I can share yet," said Suzi Robinson, a spokesperson for Stop & Shop's New England Division. She said she's hoping to announce news about the West Somerville site sometime during the week of January 28. Johnnie's Foodmaster was a supermarket at 105 Alewife Brook Parkway that closed in November of 2012 after Foodmaster, which had 10 stores in Eastern Massachusetts, closed all its sites. Six of those 10 stores, including one on Beacon Street in Somerville, were transferred to Whole Foods. Stop & Shop already took over the lease of the…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
At least one person is planning a gathering to say goodbye to the supermarket.
Both Johnnie's Foodmaster stores in Somerville will officially close this weekend. In West Somerville, most aisles were completely bare Thursday after a two-week closing sale. The store will close after Sunday, according to employees. On Beacon Street, the store will close after Saturday, according to a person who answered the phone. That location is expected to reopen as a Whole Foods sometime in late summer or early fall of 2013. At least one commenter on Somerville Patch is sad to see the West Somerville store go and is planning a vigil of sorts. Nancy wrote (slightly edited): "I think it's like losing a family member and wonder if a gathering of people/customers on its last day would be a healing experience. Like going to a funeral, …
Friday, November 2, 2012
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.
Friday, October 26, 2012
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…
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Whole Foods is looking to acquire Jonnie's Foodmaster markets in the Boston area, including in Somerville. What do you think?
Johnnie's Foodmaster on Beacon Street in Somerville could become Whole Foods, according to a report on Boston.com. The news site reports the texas-based upmarket supermarket chain is in talks to buy or lease six of the 10 Johnnie's Foodmaster sites in Arlington, Charlestown, Brookline, South Weymouth, Melrose and Somerville. In Somerville, Whole Foods is interested in acquiring the Johnnie's Foodmaster on Beacon Street, near Inman Square, according to the report. Read the Boston.com story here. Johnnie's Foodmaster also has a store on Route 16 in West Somerville. Presumably, Whole Foods isn't interested in that site because it already has two stores nearby—a mile up the road in Medford and less than two miles down the road in Fresh Pond, …