Whole Foods to buy leases for six Johnnie’s Foodmaster stores
Whole Foods Market Inc., the Texas-based upscale supermarket chain, said Friday that it has agreed to buy six leases from Johnnie’s Foodmaster, a family-owned grocery chain based in Chelsea. Terms of the transaction are not being disclosed. The six leases are for stores in South Weymouth, Arlington, Charlestown, Brookline, Melrose, and the Beacon Street store in Somerville. Plans call for Johnnie’s Foodmaster to close all six locations before the sales agreement’s Nov. 30 closing date. Whole Foods hopes to reopen them by the fall of 2013.