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The Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Foster and his wife Kim decided to open their first pawn shop in a small Cedar Hill shopping center at Beltline Road and Highway 67. Trying to establish a name between the two of them was no easy task. Dan wanted to name it Uncle Dan’s because he always felt if you ever needed money, who would you most likely go to—your relatives, right? Kim wanted to call it Pawn on the Hill or Joe Pool Pawn. Corny, huh? Well, Dan won that battle – lol. Thank goodness, because after opening additional stores, could you imagine that name pertaining to their other locations?
After several years in Cedar Hill, the Fosters had outgrown their place and needed more space. When they could not make a deal with the current landlords, they decided to purchase 1.67 acres behind their existing store on Clark Road. The Fosters immediately started to build 7,500 sq. ft. on their site. After six months, they were ready to move into their new beautiful building where they have been since 1992. Having purchased land, the Fosters began taking in loans on—cars, boats, buses, trailer’s and 18-wheelers. "And yes," says Kim, "We were once asked if we would take in a helicopter. Dan actually did not take it because he did not know how to test it!"
In 1994, the Fosters purchased a piece of property – formerly an Exxon station – across from their nursery, Foster’s Garden Center. Breaking ground almost immediately they used their Cedar Hill location as the prototype. In January 1995, Uncle Dan’s Pawn #2 was established, what we now call the (South Dallas location).
The store in Garland was purchased from the previous owners in 2000. It was established in 1972. This location was remodeled and the existing building was extended to over 4,000 sq. ft.
Also in 2000, the Fosters purchased another existing location in a small strip center next to the Regal Beagle Night Club. After one year, outgrowing their space and needing additional parking, a 7,800 sq. ft. bldg. at the corner of Greenville and Ross Blvd was purchased. But, in June 2008 Century Bank acquired this location and the Fosters set their sites on a new location at Mockingbird and Hwy. 183, now considered the (North Dallas location). There they turned the old former Wolf & Ritz Camera store into a beautiful, modern pawn shop with the help of their designer friend. This new location features a large diamond-shaped chandelier. Future plans call for remodeling the other three locations to resemble the beautiful Mockingbird pawn shop.
We invite each and every one of you to visit one or all of our locations in the near future. We will be delighted to help in any way we can, whether it is acquiring a loan, just looking around or purchasing or trading merchandise. Please let us know you saw our website!