June 8, 2023

Mark Wahlberg acquires Avon car or truck dealership, now renamed Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet

AVON, Ohio — Marky Mark is building a new mark in Ohio’s car or truck scene, buying up a Chevrolet car dealership in Avon.

The former Joe Firment Chevrolet at 37995 Chester Street will now be recognized as Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet, akin to the actor’s and small business owner’s other Chevrolet dealerships in Columbus and Worthington.

The business is celebrating with a grand-opening bash at the dealership on July 7 and 8, with burgers from a Wahlburger’s food items truck from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Avon Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet is his and business enterprise husband or wife Jay Feldman’s fifth automotive dealership in Ohio.

Of course, it’s not Wahlberg’s only organization in the place. He opened Wahlburgers with brothers Donnie and Paul Wahlberg in 2017, in downtown Cleveland.

Wahlberg could be generating significant moves in business, but he continues to be improved-regarded for his roles in preferred movies like “Boogie Nights,” “Ted,” “The Departed,” “Transformers,” “Entourage” and dozens a lot more. (Also, don’t ignore his ’90s hip-hop team Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.)

But Wahlberg mentioned his desire in the automobile company goes again to his childhood in Boston.

“I’ve normally preferred to be in the vehicle enterprise. I often felt like I was a salesman myself, when I was more youthful, following I received my to start with auto,” Wahlberg mentioned in a push phone connect with. “When I was going to university I experienced two careers. I labored at a supermarket and at a garage I paid out for myself to go to driver’s ed. The working day I was ready to get my license, I also acquired a car.”

His initial automobile: A Pontiac LeMans, ordered for $200, Wahlberg reported. He later marketed that automobile for $275 and bought one more car or truck for $350.

“I went through 18 cars in just one 12 months on the exact same coverage plan, upgrading over and in excess of once more,” Wahlberg explained. “I was generally a vehicle male. I’d always push by these dealerships and my desire was to go in and get a new vehicle.”

Now, Wahlberg has a large collection of new cars — while, he explained, he typically works by using his Tahoe, Acadia and Suburban for working day-to-day driving.

Wahlberg and Feldman initial teamed up on a automobile dealership in Columbus in 2018, and the good results led to other acquisitions and a overall of 4 retailers in the Columbus and Worthington places.

They have the same variety of expansion planned for Northeast Ohio. Feldman explained the two observed out about the dealership about six or seven months ago, and were being immediately fascinated.

“They designed the new dealership on I-90 in Avon in 2013. It’s an wonderful facility ideal on the freeway… A large amount of individuals would have likely beloved to have owned this dealership, and we’re privileged to have been able to get it,” Feldman stated. “We’d like to expand in Cleveland. We have some other factors we’re searching at in the Cleveland industry.”

Nevertheless Feldman and Wahlberg have gravitated to chances in Ohio so significantly, they are open to other options close to the region. Wahlberg explained he hopes to one particular day expand organization to his hometown of Boston.

“It’s been fantastic staying in Ohio, staying in the Midwest. I normally remain linked to real men and women — I live in LA and I’m in the film organization, but I always stay related to actual men and women and what they’re suffering from,” Wahlberg reported. “I often experience a lot more relaxed and more at residence in sites like Ohio.”

The car enterprise is not the only area of growth that Wahlberg and Feldman are eyeing. They also prepare on opening additional Wahlburgers dining establishments in Ohio, closer to their dealerships.

“We’re doing the job on locating Wahlburgers incredibly, incredibly near to some of our merchants in Ohio,” Feldman reported.

Wahlberg added: “We’re continuing to expand and ideally we’ll be able to deliver that practical experience for men and women, close by, as well.”

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