Whole Foods Market Inc. is gearing up for the Wednesday grand opening of a new store in Arlington.
The Texas-based chain has a traditional bread-breaking ceremony for new stores, and Arlington officials, including town manager Adam W. Chapdelaine, are expected to attend this one.
The Arlington location is a former Johnnie’s Foodmaster store. Not quite a year ago, Johnnie’s sold six leases to Whole Foods Market. The company’s plan was to convert those store to Whole Foods Market.
(In November, meanwhile, a Globe story noted that all 10 Johnnie’s Foodmaster supermarkets were closing, not just the six being taken over by Whole Foods Market, according to a company hired to liquidate the local chain. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. acquired two leases from Johnnie’s, one in Somerville, the other in Medford. )
With the opening of the Arlington store, Whole Foods Market will have converted all six of the former Johnnie’s Foodmaster locations into Whole Foods Market stores, a company spokesman said. The other five locations of the Johnnie’s leases that Whole Foods Market bought are Brookline, South Weymouth, Melrose, Charlestown, and Somerville.
Arlington will be the 28th Whole Foods Market store in Massachusetts, the spokesman said.