Johnnie's Foodmaster is Closing All 10 Locations

Liquidation sales have already begun.

A week after Johnnie's Foodmaster officially announced that its store in Arlington and five others would become Whole Foods, Boston.com has reported the Chelsea-based supermarket chain is closing all 10 of its locations, including the one in West Somerville just over the Arlington town line at 105 Alewife Brook Parkway.

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 the closing sales began today, Boston.com reports.

The Whole Foods in Arlington is expected to open in the late summer or early fall of 2013.

Johnnie's customers: Where will you go now? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Wind Dummy 25 November 03, 2012 at 11:34 PM
And no the family is not into continuing the biz. The food biz is a very low profit low margin and highly competitive. Anyone in business or 1/2 a brain knows that the only way to profit is to tell them this is good for you.
Tim November 04, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Your not smarter than a Minuteman freshmen. Your not too brite. I think you loose you're mind because you don't know witch stores are good for the people in town.
Jennifer White November 04, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I'll go to Market Basket in Burlington. So now Arlington will have no "budget minded" place to shop. Frankly, I shop at all the stores: Market Basket to save the most money, Johnnie's when I want to go somewhere local, Stop & Shop, when Johnnie's is closed or I need good produce from an Arlington place. The prices are so inflated at Stop and Shop, and for what? Johnnie's was fine. Just like the places we all shopped when we or our parents were children - before everybody felt like shopping should be a quasi-luxury experience. Some people have different allocations for their incomes, I suppose.
Jennifer White November 04, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Here, here.
William Fisher November 04, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Boy, is Arlington changing.. We lived there from 1977-1994, and I work there since 2004. I'm glad to see the influx of new business (there were a lot of storefronts for rent when I lived there), but the death of Foodmaster saddens me greatly. It is a neighborhood, locally owned, non Big Corp store that serves well the local community. WF will charge a lot more for some of the very same items. I am a believer in Organic growing, local sourcing and sustainability, but Foodmaster was a great asset for many people in Arlington.
Lynne November 04, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Tim, you interpret my post as advocating for WF? Hardly. I would mourn the loss of regular supermarkets but see it coming. Just an observation. As for real estate, the free market demand drives the value. Homeowners view that in a positive light; and buyers view it as a solid investment in their future.
john November 04, 2012 at 05:36 AM
some ones a yuppy [^]
Callunav November 04, 2012 at 06:03 PM
jon- thanks for the laughs- yes, they are there.
Laurence O. McKinney November 04, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Nobody has said anything about the fact Johnnies had their own bakeries and what are we going to do without the White Mountain bread? Old Johnny is about 90 I think, he's in Florida, and young Johnny is about 55 - OK? Ten stores really is at the point where you're not big, but too big to be a corner store. I was the son of the son of the son at the family business. Save us. There comes a time if you own it lock stock and barrel, maybe it's time to sell it? But who's going to buy it? At least we were able to shop at a place that was named after the founder while he was still alive! Think "Grandfather Clock" - they never sold another head of lettuce after the old man died .. sort of ... Johnnies and Johnny, linked together. It goes, then he goes, and little Johnny? Well he goes to Zabar's. I hear was about $38 million, which means about $4 million for each store; not that much really, which tells you something. It was time to sell.
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Alt Drumz November 06, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Sad face. We moved in a block from Johnnies - loved it. Take a lesson from a vibrant and successful town like Keene NH. Keep companies who suck the local economy dry of money spent locally out of town. WF is a scummy company. Do your research.
Big Jim November 07, 2012 at 11:32 PM
If Foodmaster was so great, why was it always empty, even Saturday morning? And the few people I saw there were not necessarily elderly. I would buy a few things there because it was close, but did not do my regular shopping there - poor selection & questionable freshness of perishable food due to low volume. There is plenty of market for a place that is both good and inexpensive, witness Trader Joe's. Foodmaster was neither.
Jeff M November 08, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Jon, I'm afraid that "your" subtlety will have been lost on Tim :-)
Jeff M November 08, 2012 at 05:06 PM
And more fundamentally, it speaks to the demographic changes in the town. You may not like it, but no single town committee or business is causing it.
Stephan November 08, 2012 at 06:15 PM
you pick the right town to start it little cambridge
Stephan November 08, 2012 at 06:17 PM
your nuts do you have any thing to back that up I bet not HERE ONE FOR YOUR SHOW
Stephan November 08, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I don't think so to much $$$$
Stephan November 08, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Why are the line so long if everyone going to WF What a lot of bull market basket and that other little store Walmart
Kathy Ann November 08, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I've been using the Online/delivery service at Johnnies for about 2 years now and I've grown to love it. I suppose I'll have to change over to athe PeaPod at Stop and Shop now. I'm going to really miss Johnnies. I have no love for Whole Foods. That was dirty canning the employees 2 weeks before Thanksgiving. Not nice!
Kathy Ann November 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Well, I just placed my first order at PeaPod for a delivery from Stop and Shop. very expensive relative to what I've paid at Johnnies and not as good a selection. I'll always miss Johnnies. By the way, I can't stand Trader Joes. Guess I'm just a very ordinary person.
Upset November 10, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I wonder what would happen with the people who live near Johnnie's Food Master in Somerville,which is close to Tufts University. I am talking about the project house which is on the left of the store and the apartments building ,which is across the street from the right side of the store.How do they feel about that? Are they willing to put more money on the foods at Whole Foods Store like the one down the street to Medford 's Whole Food Store?Did you know that these people don't own a car? Where will they find stores to buy cheaper foods close to them?
Upset November 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Why don't you try the Korean's Whole Foods Market Basket next to Market Basket in Burlington?The foods is not bad there! Be careful what you buy at this store,make sure that you get a package that you can read english on the back of the it,so you can be able to read the instruction how to cook the food. Well it so happen that I went to this store and got the foods ,there one package of food that took that look like a package of "PLASTIC PIECES OF STRINGS",I put its into my salads.Guess what? It taste like plastic strings ,I try to figure out how to cook these plastic strings ,so I try to read the package on the back,it written in Korean,so I had to call the store to find out how to cook these plastic strings.He didn't understand me over the phone,because I couldn't speak well with these plastic strings that got stuck into my TEETH! As an UNEMPLOYED PERSON without a dental insurance,do you know how mush it cost to get these plastic strings out of my TEETH?
Upset November 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Hi folks,it me again! I just want to change the word "mush" to"much." Sorry about that, alway check your spelling when you typed too fast.
Upset November 10, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Hi,it me again.I just want to put the word "I" between the words "that " and "took" That for the paragraph down below me.
Upset November 11, 2012 at 12:12 AM
What going on here? Hi it me again,I just want to change the word "are" to "we" in between the words of "here"and " go " for the paragraph below this paragraph!
Upset November 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM
So do I ,I miss this store in Arlington.I alway pass by there from work in Burlington. I like all the foods there ,but I never buy the cold cuts there. Did anybody remember the fly that fly around the cold cuts cutting machine? It was that one day in the summer,four years ago!
Upset November 12, 2012 at 01:00 AM
I am UNEMPLOYED,do they teach SMT in DIGITAL ELECTRONICS and MPU ? Can I be able to troubleshoot these components on a circuit board with the Tek scope or a logic analyzer to check and monitor all bus traffic signal lines ,such as address,data and control bus,checking measurements in nanoseconds from edges to edges?
KEN D... November 13, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Keene has a Walmart and some large Grocery store just like most places. Sure they put in very nice brickwork in along Main Street, but it's just like any other city/town in it's demographic. Most or all of the "Old Fashioned Stores" have been gone for years. Lots of Restaurants now. If it weren't for the college, Keene would be a ghost town.
Upset November 14, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Hey folks,guess what! You may not believe what I got in my MAILBOX TODAY! You really want to know what I got in my MAILBOX! Listen to this folks! COUPONS! THAT RIGHT YOU HEARD ME! I mean,THAT RIGHT YOU READ WHAT I TYPED,COUPONS FROM STOP&SHOP! Look like I going have to add a LOCK on my MAILBOX! The more I saved on the coupons ,I may have to hire a SECURITY GUARD to stand next to my MAILBOX !!
Karen Dobbelaar December 10, 2012 at 04:43 AM
I was hoping for a Trader Joe's!


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