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Thoughts? Whole Foods Might Buy Somerville Johnnie's Foodmaster

Whole Foods is looking to acquire Jonnie's Foodmaster markets in the Boston area, including in Somerville. What do you think?

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, Cambridge.

People tend to have strong opinions about both Whole Foods and Johnnie's Foodmaster. The Beacon Street Foodmaster is beloved for its carpeting and the fact it sells beer and wine. It's easy to see why Whole Foods is interested in an Inman Square location, and many residents of the area probably welcome the idea.

Thoughts? Do you want Whole Foods to move in? Or are you a Johnnie's Foodmaster loyalist?

Linda September 03, 2012 at 06:09 PM
The Foodmaster on Route 16 offers a good cheap alternative to the Whole Foods right around the corner in Medford. I like them both for different things. A Trader Joe's somewhere in this area would also be good.
jo September 03, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Foodmaster has been an institution in Somerville, starting with the Ball Square store (Johnny's). I worked at Alewife, Beacon St., Salem St and West Medford back in the 70's and 80's. Met a lot of great people there. I still run into some of them when I take a trip down to Somerville. Foodmaster will be missed.
Ilene Ungerleider September 06, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I think they should take over the empty supermarket on Broadway. Foodmaster is much cheaper, and should remain an option. I would actually like a second Market Basket in Somerville since the one we have is always so crowded.
Brian McCarthy October 26, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Alicia: Great idea. We need a shopping market in the neighborhood.
Brian McCarthy October 26, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I remembered my mother taking me to Johnnie's when I was a toddler. Then I worked there when I was in high school.

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