He played a hardnosed detective on HBO's The Wire, a trombonist on Treme and soon Wendell Pierce will be a grocery store owner.
The actor who has a made a career starring in David Simon's popular television series plans to open Sterling Farms grocery stores in low-income neighborhoods in New Orleans, where there a shortage of good supermarkets.
He talked about the plans recently with The New York Times.
He and a business partner have already opened Sterling Express in the city where Treme is taped. The convenience store, which is the first in a plan chain, sells healthy foods at reasonable prices.
Like New Orlean, Baltimore also has many food desserts, or low-income neighborhoods where there is lack of supermarkets. Residents have to turn to overpriced convenience stores for their food shopping.