Stop & Shop plans a June 21 grand opening for Somerville store
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC said it has scheduled a June 21 grand opening for a new store on Alewife Brook Parkway in Somerville.
The location was previously occupied by a Johnnie’s Foodmaster grocery store. In February, the Quincy-based Stop & Shop announced that it had acquired the Johnnie’s Foodmaster lease at 105 Alewife Brook Park in Somerville.
At that time, Stop & Shop noted that it had gotten its start in Somerville, and the chain added that it has a nearly 100-year history in the city.
The new Stop & Shop will employ about 100 people and occupy about 24,000 square feet of space --- many of the chain’s stores are 60,000 square feet or more.
At the new Somerville store, regular store hours will be Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday hours will be 7 a.m. until 9 p.m., the chain said.
Stop & Shop operates more than 400 stores in the Northeast, including about 130 in Massachusetts.
In November, Whole Foods Market Inc. purchased the leases of six other Johnnie’s Foodmaster locations after Johnnie’s had closed those stores, a Globe story reported. A Johnnie’s location in Brookline has reopened as a Whole Foods. The other five locations are set to open as Whole Foods stores later this year.
Stop & Shop purchased another Johnnie’s lease last November, that one in Medford; that store reopened as a Stop & Shop in January.Chris Reidy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.