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Big John's has been in business for over 50 years. The business originated in a small house across the street from the present location, 6100 Orange Avenue, Ft. Pierce, FL. Big John's is family owned and operated by the originator’s family. Clarence Crouch Sr. was a family man, who with his wife Betty, had 6 children. He was a native Floridian and in cracker tradition he raised his own cattle, hogs, chickens, fruits, vegetables, grape vines and sugar cane.

 

In 1963, after many years of being a construction worker and heavy equipment operator, Clarence could see there was a need to open a feed store to service the western side of Ft. Pierce. He envisioned a store that could accommodate families in the area with their agriculture needs, meanwhile delivering great customer service and fair prices people could afford.

 

As the years went by, his eldest sons helped Clarence operate Big John’s, however as the boys grew up and started businesses of their own… Clarence decided to sell Big John’s. He wanted to pursue his love of carpentry and decided to open a lumber mill business. After several years, calamity arose when a large tree fell on him, injuring his arm and shoulder badly. After this accident, his wife Betty was adamant that he would get out of that dangerous business.

 

During the time that Clarence was in physical therapy, he was made aware that the feed store he originated in 1963 was up for sale. Clarence and Betty partnered with their son Clyde and his wife Sandra and purchased Big John’s. Since 1987 it has been owned and operated by the Crouch family. Clarence retired in 1994 and eventually passed away in 2004.

 

Over the years most of Clarence’s children and grandchildren have worked at Big John’s. Some during their school age years and others during their adult life helping to grow the family business. Today, Big John’s is still managed by Clarence's family who strive to keep his vision alive by offering great service and fair prices to their customers!

 

Last year Big John’s expanded to this online store. It is managed by Tammy, one of Clarence’s granddaughters. Please contact her with any questions or to request special orders.

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