Friday, 09 July 2021 13:17

'Car Guy,' Actor Mark Wahlberg Talks About Opening Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet of Avon in Ohio

Written by Dave O’Brien, The Chronicle-Telegram


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Actor Mark Wahlberg has always wanted to be in the car business.

Now, along with his film career and multiple other business ventures under his belt, Wahlberg and business partner/car dealer Jay Feldman have added the newly christened Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet of Avon to their portfolio.


Wahlberg and Feldman, who owns The Jay Feldman Automotive Group of 15 dealerships in the metro Detroit area, added the former Joe Firment Chevrolet on Chester Road to their four existing Columbus-area car dealerships this week. The dealership celebrated its grand opening under the new branding July 7.


The dealership had been in the Firment family for 40 years, ever since Joe Firment purchased Poklar Chevy on Grove Avenue in Lorain in 1981.


In a conference call July 7, Wahlberg said he was "very excited" to expand into the Cleveland automotive market, "especially with someone like Jay who's taught me a lot about the car business."


"I can't wait to go visit the store," he told reporters participating in the call.


Born and raised in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston and now living in Los Angeles, Wahlberg said Ohio is "like a second home," and that he identifies with the "real people" of Ohio.


"I've always stayed connected to real people," he said. "I live in LA because I'm in the movie business but I've always stayed connected to real people. I'm more comfortable and more at home in places like Ohio."


A self-described "car guy," Wahlberg said he bought his first car, a Pontiac LeMans, for $200 the day he got his driver's license. He sold that for...

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