Whole Foods is preparing to open by the end of September in the old Johnnie's Foodmaster location Arlington. Photo by Brock Parker.
The sign is up along Massachusetts Avenue and upscale grocery store chain Whole Foods is preparing to open in Arlington within the next two months.
Representatives from the Texas-based chain appeared before Arlington Selectmen Monday night for a license to serve prepared foods and include seating for about 30 people in the store at 808 Massachusetts Ave.
Johnnie’s Foodmaster closed at the location in the fall of 2012 after Whole Foods bought the store, along with Johnnie’s locations in Brookline, Charlestown, Melrose, South Weymouth and Beacon Street in Somerville.
Whole Foods will open its supermarket, including a bakery, prepared food service area and self-service bars that will include hot foods, salads, dim sum and olives in what will be about 28,000 square feet of space at the Arlington location.
Kate DeMase, the store manager, told selectmen that the company has not made the opening date public, but it will be before the end of September.
Selectmen Chairman Dan Dunn welcomed the Whole Foods representatives and said the board is excited that they are coming to town, even if they have big shoes to fill at the supermarket’s location.
“Foodmaster was a big part of our community and a lot of people worked there and shopped there,” Dunn said.
Selectmen approved the common victualler license by a vote of 3-0 with two board members absent.