Back in 2018, actor Mark Wahlberg purchased a Chevrolet dealership in Columbus, Ohio and promptly renamed it Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet. Now the Boston native, along with his business partner Jay Feldman, has also purchased the Buick–GMC dealership across the street – expanding his personal General Motors dealership store family to two.
According to Automotive News, Wahlberg and Feldman’s new dealership was previously called Haydocy-Buick GMC. In a statement, Wahlberg said the Haydocy family was “wonderful to work with during this transition,” to new ownership and said Feldman and him were “looking forward to doing big things (in Columbus).”
“When we bought the dealership almost two years ago, I had never really spent a lot of time in Columbus,” added Feldman. But since we’ve been there, I’ve fallen in love with Columbus. It’s a great town.”
Feldman, a Michigan-area businessman with extensive experience in automotive retail, first met Wahlberg in 2013 while the actor was working on a Transformers film in the Detroit area. Feldman currently owns more than 10 automotive retail locations in Michigan and Ohio and is also in partnership with Wahlberg on his Wahlburgers burger chain.
Wahlberg said this week that the Haydocy Buick-GMC store being across the street from Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet made the business a “perfect fit” for his growing dealership portfolio. The new dealership will also be named Mark Wahlberg Buick-GMC – likely to take full advantage of the actor’s world-famous name.
“Columbus has been so welcoming and it just made sense to grow our automotive platform here,” Wahlberg also said this week.
In addition to the two GM dealerships, Wahlberg and Feldman recently purchased a trailer and RV dealership in Columbus, which is now known as Mark Wahlberg Airstream & RV.
Mark Wahlberg photo via Eva Rinaldi Celebrity (Creative Commons)