Our Store


Kramer Foods has been a part of the Hinsdale community since 1953.  We are known for our homemade deli, the freshest produce, and the highest quality meats hand-trimmed daily in our meat department.  

Being small has it’s benefits -  we keep more registers open so you rarely have to wait in line, we work with lots of small producers to get you the freshest items possible, and we still have everything you want and need all in less space so you can shop faster. 

If you do not see one of your favorite products.  Let us know.  We will do our best to stock it on our shelves.  Our goal is to fill our store with all of your favorites so you can have the easiest, fastest and friendliest grocery shopping experience ever.  

Thank you for shopping with us,

Ron Ludwigson & The Kramer Foods Family


It all started when Frank Kramer, who previously had a store in Chicago, came to Hinsdale in 1953 and set up business on Washington Street in the building that now houses the “Jade Dragon” restaurant.

Later in that year, upon discharge from the service, Joel Nelson started work as the produce manager. He had planned to work about six months or until his electrician apprenticeship became available, yet Kramer and Nelson worked together so well that the apprenticeship never happened. What started as a short stay for Joel lasted over 50 years.

In June of 1960 Kramer’s IGA moved to the newly expanded Grant Square shopping center. In 1961, Frank Kramer decided to move his family to Florida and left Joel to manage the business. Joel became owner of the store in 1981 when he purchased the store from the Kramer family. In 1986, Kramer Foods moved once again from where Walgreens is today to its larger present location.

Though both Joel and his wife Joyce have passed away, the standard of excellence that Joel sought in the operation of the business is still intact today. Ron and Kim Ludwigson, Joel’s son-in-law and daughter, with the help and dedication of many long standing employees, strive to make this family run business a special place to shop.