Johnnie's Foodmaster in Medford to Close

Liquidation sales have already begun.

A week after Johnnie's Foodmaster officially announced that its store on Beacon Street would become a Whole Foods, Boston.com has reported the Chelsea-based supermarket chain is closing all its locations, including the one in Medford.

Boston.com says an Illinois-based company, Hilco Merchant Resources, which specializes in liquidation services, has begun closing sales at all of the Johnnie's Foodmaster markets.

There will be discounts of up to 30 percent, and closing sales begin Nov. 2, Boston.com reports.

(Read the full report: Johnnie’s Foodmaster is closing all of its 10 stores, liquidator says)

The Foodmaster in Medford is located at 471 Salem St.

BB November 02, 2012 at 05:24 PM
It's horrible
KellyB November 02, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Makes me wonder where do we shop now. I used to go to the one in Arlington. Stop and Shop is overpriced, the produce isn't great and the clientele was a bit to be desired the last time I was there (drop down drag out fight in the produce aisle between two woman). I guess we have to drive the 20+ minutes to a market basket, since Shaws doesn't always have all the brands we need.
Joe Schmoe November 02, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Last week a 17 year employee at the Medford store got diagnosed with breast cancer. Whole Foods is not picking her up and she is without health insurance as of the 17th. I'm sure the share holders will make a pretty penny. I will never shop at Whole foods!
Upset November 02, 2012 at 07:42 PM
As an UNEMPLOYED person with the HIGH-TECH backgnd,did you know that "WHOLE FOODS STORE" cost MORE MONEY that JOHNNY FOOD MASTER?!Go do some stopping and find out for yourself! Check the prices and compare! Go to" Trader Joe " at least the foods are cheaper ,healthy and you can get FREE food samples,YOU CAN EAT MUCH AS YOU WANT! Go to "DOLLAR TREE" stores!. Get the "Banquet" TV dinner ,IT ONLY COST A DOLLAR! I hope the POLITICS don't play with these stores!!!
Upset November 03, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Hi folks! It me again! Be very careful on your typing when you type too fast! Let me change the word "stopping" to "shopping!" Again ,you can try to compare with "Stop&Shop" too! The 10 for $10 deals it not too bad with the Mix or Match!
Kel November 03, 2012 at 04:18 AM
WOW.. i love Johnnies. It's a great store for hiding away from the big stores like Stop and Shop and Shaws. I been shopping there since I was a young girl. I really feel bad for all those employees that have been there for so long and have been such faithful employees. You guys rock and I hope that Whole Foods has a place for you all!
Frank Mulligan November 03, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Today these markets don't care. They just want to make PROFIT. Call Mc Glynn 781-393-2408. See what he can do. Good Luck.
jay f November 03, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Too bad Market Basket didn't pick up the Medford location. The Somerville store is always too busy. Woburn is the closest location. They built a nice one in Chelse but I don't care to go that far.
Arthur DeLuca November 03, 2012 at 02:22 PM
besy place to shop for food in Medford is Aldi's at the Fellsway Plaza. They keep prices down by eliminating the extras. They do not take checks or credit cards, it's cash, debit cards or EBT/food stamps only. They have their own brands mostly, but that leads to English Muffins for $.99, bananas at 44 cents a pound, large eggs at $1.55 per dozen etc. If you go, be prepared to bring your own bags as theirs are 11 cents each. Also, be sure to have a quarter on you if you plan to use one of their carts. It takes a quarter to put in the slot to free up your cart from the chain. You get it back when you retrun the cart to it's place though, so the net cost is zero, you just have to remember to have a quarter handy.
Sherilyn P November 03, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Why is Stop & Shop buying the Medford store? Read that in the Globe article today. Like Malden and Medford don't have enough Stop & Shops (on the same street)!
Tammy Jones November 03, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I feel so bad for the elderly shoppers. I live close to the Medford Foodmaster and I see the community buses taking the elderly there to shop. The store was much easier for them to get around than the large, overpriced other ones around. My heart goes out to the workers there also. They were not told the store was closing. They found out when the signs were going up around them yesterday. Shame on that company!
a November 03, 2012 at 04:37 PM
this is sad... i feel bad for the employees going through this just as the holidays are approaching. not to mention this was one of the better and more convenient places to shop in the area. i went to this location at least once a week.
Arthur DeLuca November 03, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I rode by on the 101 bus today and saw someone holding that giant "Store Closing" sign. I hope that at least they're paying one of the employees holding that sign rather than hiring from the outside
Doug Hayward November 03, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Worked at Johnnies as a kid - shopped there for years after (and still until now) Hoping that someone like Market Basket might pick up store but they already looked and the parking is not big enough for them. Be nice if they tossed out the gym and the members that hogged all the spaces close to the front (thought going to the gym meant walking after not just on the treadmills) and then bought out the pharmacy and put a reasonably prices store with decent food back in the site. As other people have said Stop and Slop is overpriced, Shaws food is lousy, Aldi or whatever is not over impressive. Guess it's time to try and boycott Whole Foods and go back to Costco/BJ's for bulk and then the ride to Market Basket instead of the 1/4 mile ride to Johnnies. Going to miss the place but in this market it seems all the small stores are only getting bought out by the Yuppy stores (Sorry upnose yuppies). I can't wait until all there is are the upscale BMW,Mercedes,Lexus stores out here. Watch the prices rise out of site for the specialty food they crave. I also do agree with the earlier comments from people about the elderly complex in Malden just across the line that this store was a nice close store for them to go to - easy walk/ride and easy back. I hope the sons and daughters? of the original Johnnie can rest easy on this decision.
Upset November 05, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Hi folks,it me again! Let me change the letter "t" to "n" on the word "that to "than" between the words "MONEY" and "JOHNNY",thank you! Oh by the way,if the food prices go up again in the future,I was hoping that I could get "meals on wheel" when it get to be my age!
KF November 05, 2012 at 01:49 AM
I feel robbed as a person who has shopped here my entire life and now I feel someone just pulled the rug out from under me. Foodmaster is an icon of the city that you just can't replace overnight. I enjoy going there to shop and the employees were ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. It's wrong that this is happening but what are you gonna do? I hear they have to interview for their own jobs? That's nuts!
Arthur DeLuca November 05, 2012 at 05:27 AM
If S&S hires these Johnnie's employees; will they bridge their service and give them credit for all the years they put in at Johnnies or will they be treated as new hires?
Karen November 15, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Go to Aldi - I did my daughter's entire birthday party for $45. They are wonderful and their bands actually taste good.
Anthony Acquaviva January 08, 2013 at 02:16 PM
The Stop & Shop must be in collusion with other supermarkets because when they have a sale on something they all have the same sale. They must think the public is stupid when they put a certain item "On Sale" for 2 for $5.00 when the original price was $2.50. That really makes me mad.


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