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Stop & Shop buys lease for Somerville Johnnie’s

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., a Quincy-based chain with more than 400 stores in the Northeast, including about 130 in Massachusetts, said Friday that it has acquired the Johnnie’s Foodmaster lease for the location at 105 Alewife Brook Parkway in Somerville.

In a press release, Stop & Shop said that it is currently working on the renovation plans and that the schedule for reopening has not yet been determined.

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“Stop & Shop’s history began in the Somerville community, and we’re pleased to have an opportunity to serve another part of the city,” Joe Kelley, president of Stop & Shop’s New England division, said in a statement.

Stop & Shop purchased another Johnnie’s Foodmaster lease in November, that one in Medford; that store was reopened as a Stop & Shop in mid January.

In November, Whole Foods Market Inc., which currently operates 21 stores in New England, purchased leases for six other Johnnie’s Foodmaster locations after Johnnie’s had closed those stores. Plans call for those locations to reopen as Whole Foods stores by the fall.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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