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Kreger’s going out of business

Bill Kreger shows off Kreger's famous brats still made from scratch using almost ancient methods only best ingredients. |

Bill Kreger shows off Kreger's famous brats, still made from scratch using almost ancient methods and only the best ingredients. | Daina Saleh~For The Sun

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Updated: February 10, 2013 6:01PM

Naperville resident and business owner Bill Kreger, 52, said he’s sort of looking forward to this Saturday, which seems a little weird given the fact his store — Kreger’s Central Foods — is going out of business.

“This is great news for me and my family and everyone is smiling,” Kreger told The Sun Tuesday about the decision to close the store located at 605 N. Ellsworth St. in downtown Naperville. “We open at 9 a.m. Saturday and will close at 5 p.m We’re still making a few sausages and meat products and we have a few grocery items left, but that’s about it.”

Business was going slowly at the store and Kreger, a fourth generation grocery man, has two sons who have chosen not to follow in the family business. The Kregers have been involved in the food business for 120 years, including the current location, which has been in operation since 1926.

“My one son got a degree in school counseling and couldn’t find a job, so I kept this going a while longer so he’d have something to do,” Kreger said. “Now he’s found a job which makes it easier to close the store and move on.”

Kreger said he isn’t sure what his next move will be, but feels that he is young enough to regroup and then move forward.

“I’m going to just take some time to decompress and get some irons into the fire,” he said. “This Saturday is not a sad day. It’s going to be fine.”

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