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


...Worthington, a Columbus suburb, all branded with the actor's name.


"I found I really like the Ohio market in general," Feldman said. "This opportunity in Avon was brought to our attention six or seven months ago. It was an outstanding dealership, owned for 40 years by the same family that was very well-liked in the community. … It's an amazing facility right on the freeway.


"A lot of people would really love to own this dealership," Feldman added, saying the duo bought Joe Firment Chevrolet "sight unseen."


Feldman said the growth in the area makes it a great opportunity to sell Chevys, and noted it's "not too far" from the partners' existing dealerships in Columbus and Michigan.


Cleveland and Columbus have "similar dynamics" in their automotive markets and are "very healthy, long-term communities with a lot of growth," Feldman said.


"It just so happens we've had five opportunities in Ohio that have made sense, so we've gravitated to those for sure," he said.


"We're super excited about it. It's going to be a great opportunity," Feldman said. "We plan to sell a lot of vehicles there."


There are plans to hire more employees in sales and service positions at the Avon dealership, where a Wahlburgers food truck handed out free cheeseburgers to members of the public who lined up around the building July 7 for a grand opening celebration.


Both also have an interest in bettering the communities in which they do business, Wahlberg and Feldman also made a commitment to charity July 7. They made a donation to...