REAL ESTATE

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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Family Dollar names store operations exec

BY Staff Writer

Matthews, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores said Friday it has named Colin McGinnis as SVP store operations support, store development and procurement. He will report to Barry Sullivan, EVP store operations.

McGinnis joined Family Dollar in August of 2004 as a regional VP and, in 2006, he was named VP store operations support and process improvement. Most recently, he added additional responsibility for store services, procurement and store development.

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Albertsons raises awareness for pet adoption

BY CSA STAFF

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Albertsons has teamed up with Iams brand Home 4 the Holidays to raise awareness of the importance of pet adoption.

On Oct. 28 and Nov. 2 and 3, select Albertsons stores will host in-store events to introduce shoppers to adoptable animals.

“Albertsons is committed to looking for ways to enrich the lives of our shoppers and their pets,” says Lanny Hoffmeyer, Supervalu’s category director for paper and pet. “We are proud to once again partner with Home 4 the Holidays and give our customers an opportunity to connect with animals that can enhance their lives for years.”

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