Atlanta Is A “Top Market” For The Tesla Model S – First Georgia Store Officially Opens January 19th
While electric car sales in Atlanta seem to be synonymous with the Nissan LEAF (more than 1,000 LEAFs were sold there in December alone), the Tesla Model S is apparently quite a hit with the locals as well – despite having all sales routed through a “service center” in an industrial part in Marietta.
That all changes soon as Tesla’s first corporate store will officially open in Georgian on Sunday, January 19th. Tesla notes the grand opening celebration runs from 10am to 2pm.
In anticipation of the event, local magazine – the Atlanta Business Chronicle has been reporting on the developments of the Tesla brand in Georgia, as well as spoken to Tesla reps on the progress of the company in the state.
Tesla spokesperson Alexis Georgeson noted that while Georgia is not yet Tesla’s absolute best market for the Model S (that honor goes first to California, followed by New York, then Florida), it is still one of their top markets. “We’re seeing a number of walk-ins into our Atlanta service center.”
Enter the need for the new corporate store; Ms. Georgeson told that Business Chronicle that locating a stand-alone store in Atlanta underscores the local demand for the Model S.
According to sources to ABC, “Tesla’s Atlanta sales center is said to have delivered nearly 500 cars, the majority of them to metro Atlanta residents.” That’s a lot of cars for only having a service center.
We imagine that once open, the corporate store will be quite busy – which is why Tesla is reportedly already on the hunt for a location for a second store, but in a more high profile, metro Atlanta location.