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Grand opening for Bellevue store & closing Seattle store

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  1. Mycroft

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    Most of the Seattle area early deposit holders are "eastsiders" ( closer to Bellevue than Seattle ) and we told them 3 years ago to locate the store on the eastside.
    They should have listened 3 years ago.
     
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    I'm and "eastsider". 250 miles east of Bellevue.
     
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    Well, there you go; now it's closer to you. :smile:
     
  5. Todd Burch

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    Why use a high rent location in downtown Seattle as a service center?
     
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    They're probably only going to stay for the duration of the lease and then move to a more central location.
     
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    I was at the Seattle store yesterday and Jenny (the woman at the front desk) said they would be there until the end of the lease (didn't ask when that is) and that they'll have a better idea of what's going to happen when they get closer to that date.

    I think part of the Seattle store front allure has to do with being able to say that Tesla has a store in Seattle. Everyone in the country has an idea of where Seattle is. But if you tell them Bellevue Washington they'll confuse it with the Washington on the East coast. I think the work around for that is calling it "Tesla of Seattle" in Bellevue.
     
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    Just found this while reading another thread: Tesla has a tough choice in finding a location that stands out, isn't crazy expensive and is convenient for both current owners and prospective Roadster and Model S owners. Eventually, they will have a presence on both sides of the lake, but we all want a visible, accessible location on our side. The conversation was pretty similar to the discussions on the owners forum for New York, Chicago and Miami.

    See below for a link to my source. It is a bit dated (over three years old) but still a good read.
    http://www.saxton.org/tom_saxton/2008/09/tesla-motors-seattle-road-show.html

    Looking forward to more locations as Tesla continues to grow. I'll be first in line for a job at the Bellevue Service Center when it opens.
     
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    #9 tomsax, Oct 26, 2011
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    Plus ça change, plus c'est la mȇme chose.
     
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    Rush fan?
     
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    Yes, and apparently not the only one. (Thanks for noting the lame typo.)
     
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    #12 Mycroft, Oct 27, 2011
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    Maybe because the Bellevue store doesn't exist yet?
     
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    You're right. They wouldn't want Tesla followers to know that a store was opening soon with a Model S beta in residence. That's just crazy talk!
     
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    Maybe because the Model S Beta wont be staying at the Bellevue store for more than a week or two? Rumor has it that there is already a Red Model S Beta on display (roped off) at Bellevue Square Mall.
     
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    You're a lot closer than I am Tech26. Zip over there and find out!
     
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    The wife and I went to the Bellevue pre-opening party this evening. Just about what I expected it to be. LOTS of people! Standing room only. I saw one celebrity in attendance, Dale Chihuly, a famous local glass artist.

    I should be able to post a couple pics from the event tomorrow.
     
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    There was a pre-opening party?! Kind of hard to miss Dale Chihuly if you know what he looks like =) I'd love to have one of his works some day. Looking forward to the pictures.

    The wife said they moved the car (not certain that it was a Model S anyway) that they had on display to make room for pumpkins and other Halloween decorations on the day of my previous post.
     
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    They had a white Model S beta in the store, a battery+drivetrain+wheels skateboard and there was a red Roadster roped off out front of the store in the mall.
     
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    Here are the pictures I took at the event. I'll be able to take more this afternoon of the car when there'll be a LOT fewer people in the way. The first picture is what the venue looked like before the event started, the second around 40 minutes later when I left, and the third is what it looked like inside the store. Standing room only!

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