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(CNN/WGAL) - A family owned grocery store in Pennsylvania has a new promotional tool that's supersizing expectations with a shopping cart you can drive.  The owner calls it his masterpiece.  The basket is 115 cubic feet.  That's more than a dozen regular sized grocery carts.

Grabbing a shopping cart at the grocery store doesn't seem to be a big deal for most shoppers.  You do it without even thinking.  That's just what you'll get when you come to Musser's Market in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

"We took a regular shopping cart like ours and just blew it up," said Brent Musser, Musser's Market. 

Their shopping cart is a big deal.  Complete with steering wheel, brake pedal, and a Chevy small block 350 motor.  Shoppers leaving the check-out; stop to check it out.

"Hey, I saw it, I said hey, I better take a picture of that for the grand kids," said a shopper. "Something you don't see everyday."

It's a 12 foot long, 9 foot tall shopping cart that rolls through the parking lot.  It's built like a race car, but the owners wouldn't dare.  "I said listen, I got too much time, too much money in this thing to do that," said Brent Musser, Musser's Market. 

It took 2 years and tens of thousands of dollars.  Brent Musser admits he knows his way around a grocery store, not a garage.  "We didn't really (know what we were doing), lot of Google search," said Brent Musser, Musser's Market. 

Now it's mostly used in parades and parked in front of the store, but serves its purpose of drawing a crowd.  "I wish I could drive it.  I also don't want my wife near it.  Can't afford to fill this thing up," said Joe Helveston, Drumore Township, Lancaster County.

"You could probably get a skid and a half of turkeys on it if you wanted to," said Brent Musser, Musser's Market.  And they may.  It will also be used to benefit food banks.

"That will take care of a whole bunch of people, whole bunch of people," said a shopper. 

It's for charity and for profit.  A business can rent it for the day for about $800 bucks.  It's even open to competing grocery stores.  So maybe one day it really will be a 'giant' shopping cart.

But it will always be a Musser creation and in their minds, a masterpiece. 

The Musser's call their cart, the "Shopper Chopper."  They say they based their design off of some of the other 10 carts like it in existence.

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