Metropolis, Illinois: Big John - Grocery Clerk

A well-meaning hulk hoists car-sized bags of groceries in a supermarket parking lot. His right arm fell off in August 2014; returned from repairs May 2015.

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Big John Super Foods Store

Address:
1200 E. 5th St., Metropolis, IL
Directions:
Big John Super Foods Store. East edge of town, on the south side of E. 5th St./US Hwy 45.
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Big John.

Big John - Grocery Clerk

Makes me want to see clerks running around dressed similarly.

[Drumbabe, 07/11/2016]

The latest incarnation of Big John, after his 2014-15 repair, removed one armload of groceries and extended the right arm into a friendly wave.

Big John

I grew up in Metropolis. Legend has it that a group of high school students in the 1970s painted Big John flesh colored except for his apron. I'm not sure if it really happened, but the story does amuse people.

[Selena, 04/27/2016]
Big John - Grocery Clerk

This is an actual working grocery store so if you go on a Friday like we did, be prepared for the tiny parking lot to be crowded. People drive like lunatics around there too. Go early in the morning or whenever the store is closed.

[Kristen, 09/08/2015]

Big John.

Big John The Grocery Clerk

Big John the Grocery Clerk stands by the side of the road at the Big John Grocery store in Metropolis Illinois. He looks well cared for and is adjacent to the "Welcome to Metropolis" sign, on the east side of town near Fort Massic.

[Erik, 08/19/2011]

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