When Hollis resident Dan Hopkins
took on the renovation of five old Chevy pickups back in 1994 for what was then a new clothing store, he
never dreamed that 12 years later he
would have renovated over 900 vehicles for Old Navy
, a former resident of Douglasville, GA, got into the business while dealing in antique furniture."I sold props to Allen Brassington, Inc.
out of New York who furnished props to GAP
, Banana Republic
, Ralph Lauren
and others.One day I got a call and they wanted five trucks for a new clothing store.I told them it wouldn't be a problem," Hopkins
explains.After finding five old trucks and renovating them to the required specifications, another order came for 150, and then 300, and 500, until today Hopkins and his
assistants have rebuilt over 900 of the vehicles which are placed in Old Navy stores throughout the U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska, Canada and Puerto Rico.Hopkins
scrounges old junk yards throughout scrounges old junk yards throughout the nation for the particular years needed - 1947-1955.
"We take one week, on the average, to turn a vehicle around but we can do one in two 16-hour days if we have to," Hopkins
and crew have all they can handle between March and October but they get some down time the remainder of the year because Old Navy
doesn't open stores in November or December - the busy holiday shopping season.When his
crews aren't working on Old Navy trucks they are restoring street rods and antique cars.Hopkins also sells Jack Russell terriers, deals in antique furniture, serves as president of the Hollis Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, is assistant chief of the HCVFD, a member of the Cleburne County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments, is on the state board of directors of the Alabama Fire Departments, member of the Cleburne County Hospital Board, Alabama Firefighters Association, races stock cars and organizes a yearly "Haunted Chicken House" to raise money for the HCVFD.