1944. The Second World War was raging and an enterprising traveling farm laborer was granted a Chevrolet Dealership of his very own. The car business was very different back then. Deals were made over the pickup bed and the only signature required was on the check for payment. Denny Hallowell was that individual. He made many a friend and customer for the next 24 years. So many, that his son James, persuaded him to move that small Chevy dealership from its downtown Clovis location into a new, more modern dealership on Shaw Avenue way out in the boonies!
1965. Chevrolet is the hottest franchise going! Hallowell Chevrolet is growing and selling these Chevrolets all over the San Joaquin Valley! Over the next 35 years 1000, 2000 up to 3000 vehicles sold in a single year! Hallowell Chevrolet is a household name. A proud community partner, and an active philanthropist, James Hallowell is selected as a Time Magazine Quality Dealer not once but twice! Gas crunch, extremely high interest rates then a booming economy faces James in those years.
Y2K? 2000. James decides to retire and enjoy himself without the pressures of a multi-million dollar business with over 120 employees. But who should take over? Long time employee, friend and partner, Bill Hedrick that’s who. And so began Hedrick’s Hallowell Chevrolet. Business as usual. No changes, car deals are still made the same way. Honest and forthright, over the backs of pickup beds, on the phone. Bill believes in that business philosophy, because that is the only one that he has ever known. Bill’s partner is his son Brett, who is General Manager. In 2003, the dealership installed the City of Clovis’ first ever “Freeway Sign”, which welcomes everyone to Clovis. Starting in 2005, the Hallowell name has been retired and they are now known as Hedrick’s Chevrolet.