COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Mark Wahlberg made his first pit stop into his namesake Chevrolet dealership here on Monday, going on a test drive with a customer, autographing another customer's vehicle and posing for lots of selfies with staff.
The A-list Hollywood actor and entrepreneur, who partnered last month to buy the former Bobby Layman Chevrolet dealership with Michigan dealer Jay Feldman, visited Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet, bringing a buzz of energy into the dealership.
During a photo session with store staff, Wahlberg, an executive producer of the HBO series "Ballers," asked whether anyone had watched the show the night before.
At the end of the session, he proclaimed: "I'm going to go sell some cars."
In addition to greeting customers, Wahlberg held some brief meetings with employees. In tow was his daughter, the media and a crew for the "Wahlburgers" TV show, a reality series showcasing his family's restaurant chain.
While it's the first, the Columbus store may not remain Wahlberg's only dealership.
"We're looking" for additional locations, said Feldman, CEO of Feldman Automotive Group. He is dealer principal of the Columbus store.