All 10 Johnnie’s Foodmaster supermarkets are closing, not just the six being taken over by Whole Foods Market, according to a company hired to liquidate the local chain. But a seventh store -- in Medford -- will reopen as a Stop & Shop.
Hilco Merchant Resources, based in Illinois, said Johnnie’s has started offering discounts of up to 30 percent on all food, beverages, household products, and general merchandise as the business starts to wind down after 65 years.
Late Friday, Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC said it has entered into an agreement to take over the Medford Johnnie’s lease and “quickly convert” the location into a Stop & Shop by the end of the year.
A spokesman for Johnnie’s declined to comment on the fate of its remaining stores -- in Lynn, Whitman, and Alewife Brook Parkway in Somerville.
Also on Friday, Whole Foods said its purchase of Johnnie’s stores in South Weymouth, Arlington, Charlestown, Brookline, Melrose, and on Beacon Street in Somerville will close Nov. 30. The stores will be renovated and reopened as Whole Foods supermarkets by next September, the Texas-based company said. Employees at those Johnnie’s stores will be interviewed for jobs at the new Whole Foods locations, it said. Stop & Shop promised to do the same for workers at the Medford store.
The sale of the six leases to Whole Foods was made official last month.
At that time, Laura Derba, Whole Foods’ president for the North Atlantic region, said in a statement that the upscale chain has been seeking to expand its presence in the Boston area. Johnnie’s owner John DeJesus also said the deal came at a good time for his business.
“I am confident that we have found the best partner that offers the most positive outcome not only for our employees but for the communities as well,” DeJesus said in a statement released Oct. 26.Laura Finaldi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @lauraefinaldi