A kruidenier is a grocery (the shop) or grocer (the occupation). The word kruiden means spices, and reminds of the colonial origins of the word, when people would go to the kruidenier to buy pepper and nutmeg from the East Indies.
Since the 1960s, most kruideniers have been replaced by supermarkets.
The photograph of ‘Kruidenier in Moerdijk, 1907’ is of such excellent quality that I enlarged it a 3 or 4 times; you can see a few more people watching. Also I discovered that the news paper boy was holding a sign saying:”Stemt voor OOmen”
Thanks for these wonderful historical pictures.