The Texas-based upscale supermarket chain is in talks to acquire six of the 10 Johnnie’s Foodmaster locations -- Arlington, Brookline, Charlestown, Melrose, South Weymouth and on Beacon Street in Somerville – the news site reports.
It’s not yet known whether the sites would be run as Johnnie’s or Whole Foods if the deal goes through, according to the report.
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Currently, the two closest Whole Foods to Arlington are at and 200 Alewife Brook Parkway in Fresh Pond, Cambridge. While if the plan goes through and the Arlington Johnnie’s becomes a Whole Foods, the would be in West Somerville, just over the Arlington town line at 105 Alewife Brook Parkway.
People tend to have strong opinions about both Whole Foods and Johnnie’s, the family-owned grocery store that John DeJesus Sr. started in East Cambridge in 1947. In June, Johnnie’s president, John A. DeJesus, for withdrawing his liquor-store license in order to support another small-business owner’s new venture.