Big John Grocery Clerk in Metropolis, Illinois

Big John Grocery is a small chain of grocery stores that have a larger than life Big John statue out front (nicknamed the Big John Grocery Clerk). From what I can tell only a few superstores currently left out there (although I am not sure how many there ever were) and many of the statues that still exist are now at completely different grocery stores or separate locations all together.

This Big John Grocery Clerk in Metropolis, Illinois (and all of the rest) stand between 28 and 30 feet tall, making the one in Metropolis actually quite a bit taller than the Superman statue that the town is known for. These statues are often mistaken for muffler men, but they are actually quite different.

Originally, the Big John Grocery statues wore checked shirts and blue jeans. They were cast by General Sign Co. (1939-2010) in the 1960s.

Up until 2015 this Bog John wore blue jeans, a red shirt, a white apron, and giant black shoes and carried a giant grocery bag in each arm heaping with items from his shopping trip.

I could use someone like him around next time I need to shop for groceries!

Photos of the Big John Grocery Clerk in 2007:

I first saw the Big John statue on July 14, 2007, on an Illinois road trip that took me to Metropolis, Illinois.

Big John Grocery Clerk in Metropolis, Illinois
Big John Grocery Clerk in Metropolis, Illinois
Big John Grocery Clerk in Metropolis, Illinois
Big John Grocery Clerk in Metropolis, Illinois

Photos of the Big John Grocery Clerk in 2009:

I saw the Illinois roadside attraction again onMay 2, 2009, when I took a road trip to Metropolis to watch an ice cream eating contest.

Big John Grocery Clerk, a roadside attraction in Metropolis, Illinois
Big John Grocery Clerk, a roadside attraction in Metropolis, Illinois
Big John Grocery Clerk, a roadside attraction in Metropolis, Illinois

Unfortunately, in August 2014, this big man lost his right arm. But he was repaired and restored in May 2015 with a slight makeover: he now wears tan pants and his left arm is free from groceries, leaving it extended to wave at passing cars.


Big John Grocery Clerk statue at the Big John Grocery

Location: 1200 E. 5th St., Metropolis, IL
Cost: Free to see
Hours: Always Visible


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Big John Grocery Clerk statue, a weird roadside attraction outside of a superstore in Superman’s Metropolis, Illinois, that is often mistaken for a muffler man. Visit this funny roadside attraction on your Illinois road trip and add it to your travel itinerary and bucket lists.

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!