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Whole Foods to buy six leases from Massachusetts family-owned grocery chain

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Austin, Texas — Whole Foods Market said Friday it will acquire six leases from Johnnie’s Foodmaster, a family-owned grocery chain based in Chelsea, Mass. The transaction is expected to close Nov. 30.

Johnnie’s Foodmaster will close all six locations prior to the closing date, but Whole Foods said it has guaranteed interviews to all Johnnie’s Foodmaster employees at the six acquired locations with the goal of hiring as many as possible.

The six leases include South Weymouth, Arlington, Charlestown, Brookline, Melrose, and Somerville, and average 31,000 sq. ft. in size. Whole Foods Market intends to remodel each location, with the goal of reopening all six stores before the end of its 2013 fiscal year.

“To have the opportunity to sell to a company like Whole Foods Market has made a tough decision much easier,” said John DeJesus, president of Johnnie’s Foodmaster. “I know that my employees and our loyal customers are in the best hands, and that the communities will benefit greatly from the product selection and shopping experience that Whole Foods Market offers.”

The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

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West Elm to open South Coast Plaza store

BY Staff Writer

Brooklyn, N.Y. — West Elm, a division of Williams-Sonoma, announced that it will open a store in South Coast Plaza on Nov. 2.

The store will feature a three-sided living wall and will be the first West Elm to open with the company’s newly announced West Elm Market shop-in-shop. Through a partnership with Etsy, it will also feature a collection of decorative accessories and art made by artists from the Orange County area.

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Englewood Construction announces two retail projects

BY Staff Writer

Chicago — Englewood Construction has announced that its Retail Group has began an extensive, 31,621-sq.-ft. interior build out for Ross Dress for Less at the Ford City Mall, a 47-year-old mall in Chicago’s West Lawn neighborhood.

The work will consist of a reconfiguration of the mall’s floor plans, structure and roof. Englewood will be combining three current spaces into one large floor plate for Ross Dress for Less. Chicago-based Chadha & Associates will serve as the architect on the project.

Englewood Construction’s Retail Group also continues its international expansion with an interior build out for Motherhood Maternity, an affiliate of U.S.-based Destination Maternity, at the Yorkdale Shopping Center in Toronto, Canada.

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L.Roberts says:
May-03-2013 09:57 am

This is a sign that the construction industry is booming despite of some decline. Regards, Laura

M.Mate says:
Feb-02-2013 07:03 am

This is going to be a big construction for the company house. A big achievement for the the Chadha & Associates as well. A Good chance to prove their skills and other techniques.

K.Adams says:
Oct-29-2012 10:00 am

Englewood Construction has always proved their capability to build massively huge buildings. Noe they have come across with new schemes that is to be looked forward to.

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