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Tesla in Tampa

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

  1. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin Model S Perf Sig 1055

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    Agreed, perhaps my remark alluding to deliveries this month was premature. However, if Elon is to be believed then we are going to see a very significant ramp up in October-November and Tesla should do whatever it can to bring the Tampa service center on-line in that timeframe.

    Larry
     
  2. J_L

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    Will the Tampa location be only a service center or will it be a location where one can take a test drive? Or is this not yet known?
     
  3. ClearwaterBchSteve

    ClearwaterBchSteve P445 / VIN 1794

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    A Tampa service center at International Plaza is fantasitic in my opinion. I could literally get the S serviced during a football game :)

    Orlando is probably the best place for the actual dealership as well - it will promote the brand to more national and international travellers. Does anybody know if the Orlando facility will also be able to provide service or is it just a showroom?
     
  4. NigelM

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    For Tampa Service think I-75/I-4/SR301 triangle, it's service only so far.

    For Orlando think Millennia Mall so very unlikely there will be service there.
     
  5. ClearwaterBchSteve

    ClearwaterBchSteve P445 / VIN 1794

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    Nigel, somebody posted pictures of a bunch of Model S's at the proposed Tampa Service Center but did not provide the address. (secret?) So it sounds like it didn't end up @ International Plaza. Where you mention would probably be best overall as it is a bit closer for the Orlando folks, but a few miles farther for me (and you). i suppose you would come straight up 75 and skip 275.
     
  6. ElSupreme

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    I-75/I-4/US301.

    Sorry I lived there (about 1 miles straight line) for 16 years. I couldn't help myself.
     
  7. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Ha, dinosaurs not allowed in FL unless they're grey-haired and driving cadillacs!

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    Exactly. It's an easy trip from Sarasota.
     
  8. ElSupreme

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    And driving 45-50 in the left lane of I-75!

    Which is exactly the same drive (actually Brandon to Sarasota) I was doing when I came the closest I have ever come to hitting something (going faster than 5mph). I was cruising at about 80-85 (my Dodge Neon maximum practical speed, well above the maximum safe speed) and there was a grey-haired dinosaur going about 30 in the left lane (the other two lanes were empty). I didn't realize it fast enough, missed them by inches and almost lost control of my car.
     
  9. Rob Fairman

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    And where is the future Tampa service center exactly? I might need to swing by some time to have a look-see.
     
  10. ClearwaterBchSteve

    ClearwaterBchSteve P445 / VIN 1794

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    I don't know exactly where it is, but I think NigelM does. Apparently it's near the Hard Rock / Amphitheater (in the triangle formed by I75/I4/US301) East of Tampa. When I inquired to Tesla on whether or not my car was actually there, they said "not yet, but on its way" :smile:
     
  11. NigelM

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    Me? Nooooo....OK, here it is:

    1907 N U.S. Highway 301, Suite 170
    Tampa, FL 33619

    Not officially open yet though. I believe that construction is finished, not sure if it's all fitted out yet. It's about 4 miles from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino so if you've got any money left after buying Model S you can pop over there and gamble while your car is being serviced.
     
  12. Larry Chanin

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    #32 Larry Chanin, Dec 15, 2012
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    Gavin Stark took these photos:

    Tampa Service Center.jpg

    Tampa Service Center 2.jpg

    I'm hoping that they don't have their official opening celebration until next year. If so, I'd like to organize a club meeting to coincide with the opening. The Seminole Hard Rock Casino would be an excellent place to gather afterwards.

    Larry
     
  13. Gavin Stark

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    Sorry the pictures aren't any better but I went by in stealth mode. There was quite a bit of activity inside and it looked like they were still working on moving in. I could see at least two Model S inside.

    Larry, I'm also looking forward to their grand opening celebration. Yes, Hard Rock would be a great gathering spot, though I don't think there are any charging stations there (yet)
     
  14. ClearwaterBchSteve

    ClearwaterBchSteve P445 / VIN 1794

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    Looks like Tesla is listing the Tampa Service Center as somewhat operational on the teslamotors.com website. See here: http://www.teslamotors.com/service/tampa
    According to Ben Bird, my Model S is arriving there today. Waiting on final paperwork and hoping for a Friday home delivery :biggrin:
     
  15. jordanthompson

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    I'd be interested in coming over from Melbourne if the dates work (and I can get a charge while we are there!)
     
  16. kvietor

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    I have visited the shop several times in the past 2 weeks. I'm sure Mark and Aaron wouldn't mind if you stopped in to say hi. The shop looks great, all the equipment is installed and only needs some final touches and a sign above the door.
     
  17. c2tb

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    I woud be interested in coming from Orlando as well. Anyone know if the plans for a store (non service center) in Orlando official ?
     
  18. ClearwaterBchSteve

    ClearwaterBchSteve P445 / VIN 1794

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    Very cool. They might be prepping my Model S at this very moment. The facility certainly seems to be ahead of the proposed opening schedule which I believe was March '13. These are guys I definitely want to "get to know". Thanks for the info.
     
  19. NigelM

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    Tesla has Orlando Millenia Mall on their jobs listing. See this thread: Tesla-Orlando-Store
     
  20. Gavin Stark

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    Steve, I'm hoping the same is true for mine. I tentatively have a Saturday delivery! (I'm also in Pinellas county) and I'm hoping to hear from Ben soon.
     

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