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Tesla in Tampa

Discussion in 'Florida' started by NigelM, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Several of us have heard/read from/in various sources that Tesla is planning a service center somewhere in SWFL. Looking at the reservations map Tampa or Orlando seem most likely and we'd probably all be happy with Tampa being quite central for most of us. Let your opinion be heard and maybe we can give Will some good feedback to encourage Tesla.....
     
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    How about Ybor City or next to Burns Steak House?
     
  3. Larry Chanin

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    For a location that is intended for sales and service, International Plaza and Bay Street Mall might be a good location. It might be possible to do some shopping while waiting for your car to be serviced. Needless to say there is lots of foot traffic at the mall to attract sales as well. Its not far from major highways to facilitate ranger service.

    Larry
     
  4. NigelM

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    Good suggestion Larry. BTW, every time I go to the there I ask about charging stations.....if others would do the same thing, they might install one or two. :smile:

    P.S. The Capital Grille has an incredible Lobster Burger....
     
  5. Ken Stokes

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    Tesla at International Plaza, Tampa or Benderson Mall, Sarasota

    International Plaza in Tampa is centrally located and would be great for both sales and service. When Benderson Town Center here in Sarasota opens its expanded upscale lifestyle mall at University and I-75 that would make us central between Tampa and Naples. Not too shabby a location either! Ken Stokes
     
  6. Larry Chanin

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    Hi Ken,

    Welcome to the forums.

    Sarasota certainly would work for me. :biggrin:

    Larry
     
  7. NigelM

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    Welcome Ken.

    @Everyone. Ken is working on installing chargepoints in SW Florida, so the more referals we can give him the better it is for all EV owners.
     
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    I agree that International Plaza would be a great choice for a store for the reasons stated above. In addition, it is just next to Tampa International Airport so could be a great place for anyone not in driving distance of a store to fly to for a test drive :). However, it seems that Tesla is "only" planning a service center for this area right now.
     
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    Its a great location for a store but I think a service center should be located away from a mall type setting.
     
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    South Florida has the store in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area. Seems the Orlando area may be more centrally located. Tampa area would be good also, but putting it further south than Tampa would not be as "centrally located" in Florida - especially since I do not see them putting more than 2 stores in Florida anytime soon.
     
  11. NigelM

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    Plenty of us (FL Owners Club) share our view this weekend that Tampa would be an ideal location. Sounds like it's under consideration. :smile:
     
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    Larry found that Tampa finally appeared as a "Service" location on the Tesla website jobs listing. For all us living in SWFL that's verrrry good news! :biggrin:
     
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    Very good news indeed!!
     
  14. Larry Chanin

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    Hi,

    If we make inferences based on the locations displayed on Tesla Jobs listings we may have four Tesla facilities in Florida.

    1. A service center where the Dania Beach facility is currently located
    2. A new store located at 509 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach
    3. A new store at the Millenia mall in Orlando
    3. A new service center in Tampa

    To reduce Ranger costs my guess is the next facility to be constructed will be the new service center in Tampa.

    Larry
     
  15. NigelM

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    Hmmmm, I sort of assume that a "service center" will also have a store of sorts.....
     
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    #16 Larry Chanin, May 2, 2012
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    Hi Nigel,

    Yes, I'm sure they'll take reservations and maybe sell T-shirts, :wink: but I doubt we'll see them using floor space for a display vehicle.

    Larry
     
  17. NigelM

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    Talking to Warren today and heard that Tesla now has 2 Technicians based in Tampa even if they don't have a service center yet. (They visited Warren to change his 12v battery).

    (Mod note: Removed the question mark from the thread title.)
     
  18. Larry Chanin

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    Did they say where they were being dispatched from?

    I'm thinking that when Florida deliveries start in earnest this month for economic and efficiency reasons they are really going to need a service center on both coasts. Even if the Tampa store is not up and running yet they probably could set up a temporary staging location at a warehouse to receive West Coast cars, inspect and detail them before delivering them to customers. It would sure beat traveling back and forth across Alligator Alley.

    Nevertheless, I'm hoping the opening of the permanent Tampa service center is imminent. I know one service tech who informs me he's assigned to Tampa, and of course we know that Ben is assigned to Tampa as a Delivery Experience Specialist. So things must be moving along.

    Larry
     
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    My understanding is that they are based out of home for now. Doesn't really matter to me yet, so I didn't think to ask (and I don't think Warren asked either). Your point about deliveries is a good one but there won't be a ramp up in deliveries until production is in full swing.
     

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