DISCUSS: Whole Foods Might Buy Johnnie's Foodmaster in Melrose

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

on Main Street in Melrose could become Whole Foods, according to a report on the Boston Globe website.

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.

Read the Boston Globe story here.

People tend to have strong opinions about both Whole Foods and Johnnie's Foodmaster, so with that in mind we'd like to know: What do you think about the possibility of Whole Foods buying Johnnie's Foodmaster?

Do you want Whole Foods to move in? Or are you a Johnnie's Foodmaster loyalist? Either way, let us know where you stand by posting a comment in the comments section below.

George September 20, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Dirty? Really? I'm not sure what your expectations are, or whether they'll be met. I Iike Foodmaster (the shaws is fine too... for a Shaws), it reminds me of grocery stores from when I was a child, and I think the seafood and meats are generally better and more affordable than Shaws.
dan fitzgerald September 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM
this will put shaws out of business i hate shopping at shaws the woman manager is a bich and whole foods will have great quilty iam up for the change johnnys is dirty old meat is frozen than put out fresh like the chicken family owen busines same as marketbasket thats why prices lower poor standard whole foods has more standdard to aplay than a marketbasket dan fitz been in the business over 31 years
L. Holden September 25, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I agree. Whole Foods is a great food chain, more health oriented, and hopefully, it would be good for Melrose. . The elderly low income residents, in Melrose, especially those who live next door to that Johnnie's Supermarket, could not afford to pay the higher prices at Whole Foods. Perhaps Whole Foods could offer a discount card, for some basic food items, for those elderly low income residents, as a good neighbor gesture. Also, the traffic is bound to get heavier, something to think about, with schools in the area and for those who crossing streets around the supermarket..
KRS October 01, 2012 at 04:29 PM
The prices at Johnnie's Foodmaster are often comparable to or higher than those I find at other "boutique" grocery stores. The folks who think Johnnie's is affordable must only be buying their "Best" brand products. Otherwise, I rarely find good value at Johnnie's. I've frequently found expired products (dairy and produce primarily) on the shelf; consuming expired products is not a good thing for our local senior residents. Although their meat and bakery are good, Johnnie's produce is always poor, which is why I would support the switch to Whole Foods. Overall, I think Johnnie's should either improve the quality of their offerings at the Melrose location (make it more comparable to their "higher end" Brookline location) or let another operator take over that space and improve the quality of the inventory and the neighborhood.
Daniel October 30, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Whole foods is one of the best paying retailers out there. If any major positive comes of this it is eliminating a bunch of minimum wage jobs, and replacing them with very well paying jobs that actually meet Melrose cost of living standards.


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