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Johnnie’s Foodmaster loyalists upset by possible Whole Foods takeover

Shoppers at the Johnnie’s Foodmaster on Beacon Street in Somerville Thursday had a difficult time accepting the news that the family-owned, no-frills store they depend on for bargain groceries may become an upscale Whole Foods supermarket.

“It’s a total shock,” said Barbara Palombo, 66, pushing a cart of groceries with her granddaughter. “My sister used to work here when she was 16, and she’s 61 now, so you do the math. It would be a great loss.”

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