Johnnie’s Foodmaster, one of the last family-run urban grocers in Massachusetts, is closing six supermarkets in November and selling the leases to Whole Foods Market Inc.
The upscale Texas chain confirmed Friday that it is taking over Johnnie’s Foodmaster locations in Arlington, Brookline, Charlestown, Melrose, South Weymouth, and the Beacon Street site in Somerville.
Terms of the transaction, which is expected to close Nov. 30, are not being disclosed. Whole Foods said it will remodel the Johnnie’s supermarkets, which average about 31,000 square feet, and reopen them as Whole Foods stores by fall 2013.
As part of the agreement, Whole Foods said it has guaranteed interviews to all Johnnie’s Foodmaster employees at the six acquired locations with the goal of hiring as many as possible.
Johnnie’s Foodmaster, which is based in Chelsea, operates 10 stores, including the six affected by the lease sales agreement with Whole Foods. A spokeswoman for Johnnie’s did not return messages asking about the future of the company’s four remaining supermarkets.
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