Townie Association Petition Demands Whole Foods Provide Access to Supermarkets During Remodeling

With the purchase of Johnnie's, Whole Foods will shut the Audstin St. market for nearly a year as they update and remodel the space.

The Townie Association is backing a petition to have transportation to nearby supermarkets for Charlestown residents and temp jobs for current Johnnie's Foodmaster employees after learning that Whole Foods had purchased Johnnie’s in Thompson Square. Johnnie’s will close sometime before Novermber 30 and construction will take about a year.

“A lot of our friends work at Johnnie’s, so we want to help them. A lot of elderly people wont have a place to shop, so we want to get them to other locations,” Townie Association Member Sean Boyle said. “We want to get Whole Foods and New England development to help out the community while the supermarket is being.”

“The choice of which supermarket is something that will have to be decided on at an upcoming town meeting or something like that,” Boyle said.

“We should have known about this much sooner. There’s a lot of people in town who don’t have cars or easy access to the T,” Boyle said. “November is just a few days away. Something needs to be done as soon as possible.”

Here is the link to the petition:


Using the comments section, tell us how you think this situation should be handled. 

Cheryl Wehler November 02, 2012 at 05:08 PM
First, I would like to say that Seamus is a jerk! Seamus are you involved in this community and if so what? The problem is the elderly who live in this town. Charlestown residents take care of the elderly. How are they going to survive? Not to mention, that is the only excersise some of them get. I work at Zelma Lacey and the residents love to walk over daily so they can get out and get some fresh air. Seamus, Charlestown is one square mile, have you noticed that we have low income housing? Open your eyes, how are they going to afford WF? Now Food Master is closing November 19th, the week before Thanksgiving, what are residents to do. FoodMaster stuck it to their dedicated employees and now the good people of Charlestown. I do believe in Karma, and the DeJesus family some day will get what they deserve.
Jay K. November 02, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Trolls live under bridges and eat tires. But they only exist if you acknowledge them. Don't let Seamus eat your tires, Cheryl. Ignore him and he will go away.
Joseph November 02, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Cheryl - Please help clarify. Johnnies has been great to Charlestown for so long, yet now that they have decided to get out of the supermarket business, they're horrible people and "the DeJesus family some day will get what they deserve." You have a very interesting point of view. I guess they were supposed to stay in business forever if I'm understanding you correctly?
Hashmir Garza November 02, 2012 at 09:58 PM
"The DeJesus family some day will get what they deserve."? WHAT! John DeJesus will get what he deserves... a nice retirement and the ability to provide finanacially for his FAMILY! Smaller chains are having a tougher time competing and previous articles have stated that there would likely have been NO potential suitor for Johnnie's leases down the line. So, should he get out while he can make a profit and provide for his own family, or should he wait and eventually watch his supermarket collapse to market pressure and get nothing? Not a tough choice. He has been a good to the communities his stores were in and has provided groceries at a reasonable cost for years. So, while I feel for the employees that may be out of work due to the closures, this was a FAMILY business and he needs to look out for HIS family first. Thank you and best of luck to the DeJesus family. Now, let's all look forward to the arrival of Whole Foods (which will be a really nice anchor store for the Bunker Hill Mall, which could use some minor sprucing up).
just thinking November 03, 2012 at 06:44 PM
cherlyl, you make it sound like people are going to starve if J.F. bcomes whole froods .what are we living on an island.for yrs. people made it to haymarket square for their food. just keep singing thelma houston's song " I WILL SURVIVE "


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