Dutch term – Kruidenier

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Since the 1960s, most kruideniers have been replaced by supermarkets.

grocery building

Kruidenier in Moerdijk, 1907. Credits: G. de Hoog, Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed (CC-BY-SA)

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Yvette Hoitink, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate diploma in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Hettie van de Pavert says

    Hi Yvette;
    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.

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