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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Grocer \Gro"cer\, n. [Formerly written grosser, orig., one who sells by the gross, or deals by wholesale, fr. F. grossier, marchand grossier, fr. gros large, great. See Gross.] A trader who deals in foods such as meats, dairy products, produce, tea, sugar, spices, coffee, fruits, and various other commodities. [1913 Webster] Grocer's itch (Med.), a disease of the skin, caused by handling sugar and treacle. [1913 Webster]