Tesla To Resurrect OId Infiniti Dealership In Northeast Ohio

NOV 23 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 12

Lyndhurst Tesla Store Listed As Coming Soon

Lyndhurst Tesla Store Listed As Coming Soon

Out with Infiniti.  In Moves Tesla Motors.

In Lyndhurst, Ohio, Tesla Motors is in the process of renovating a former Infiniti dealership to turn it into a Tesla store.

As Cleveland.com reports:

“Infiniti moved out in June, and Silicon Valley-based Tesla is spending $150,000 to renovate the store.”

“At more than 23,000-square-feet, the store will be the largest of three Tesla showrooms in the state, and the only one with a dual service center.”

Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson tells Cleveland.com:

“We place stores and service centers in strategic locations based on where we believe our current and future customer base live and in areas where people are informed and interested in technology.  The Lyndhurst location is conveniently located off major corridors and easily accessible.”

For Tesla, transforming the Lyndhurst site is rather simple.  Building inspector Larry Puskas states:

“They just gave it a facelift inside and added electrical outlets to accommodate the cars.”

The facility won’t be expanded and no variances have been filed.

Perhaps it’s most economical for Tesla to buy up abandoned dealerships and convert them into Tesla stores?

Lyndhurst, Ohio Is East Of Cleveland

Lyndhurst, Ohio Is East Of Cleveland

Source: Cleveland.com

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12 Comments on "Tesla To Resurrect OId Infiniti Dealership In Northeast Ohio"

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Perhaps it’s most economical for Tesla to buy up abandoned dealerships and convert them into Tesla stores?

Given how many there are after the bankruptcies of GM and Chrysler, it seems like a good way to get some jobs and economic activity going on, unless your state already sold out to the dealer associations many moons ago :/

Airton
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Airton

You know, like the old saying goes:
Out with the old, in with the new!

Big Solar
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Big Solar

Can’t someone start an electric car dealership association and sell Tesla cars for them?

Robert Weekley
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Great Idea Big Solar! Just one Question – did you mean to select participants based on their experience selling Cars, or owning EV(s)? I mean – should they be car sales Experts – or Electric Vehicle Experience Specialists? Or – are you suggesting – that this would be a Dealership Association of Existing Dealerships that sell (or Focus on Selling) Electric Cars? Or – since EV’s have so little back end maintenance, and Tesla (currently) has no ‘Dealer Invoice Price’ would such locations just be more expensive than Tesla Stores, if they bought the cars at current list price (Keeping Tesla’s Margins unchanged)? Or – if they bought the Cars at a Discount on a Manufacturer Dealer Invoice Price, below MSRP, would that not simply reduce Tesla’s own Profit level for each car, and therefore, the Company? Just trying to figure out your business model here, since so many people report being steered away from the LEAF, at Nissan Dealerships, unless they are Adamant! And – the similar thing, for those wanting a Chevy VOLT! After all – we have currently very few contenders for VOLT Dealer of the State, or LEAF Dealer of the State, to suggest that there… Read more »
vdiv
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vdiv

I can see independent shops start specializing in EVs like we have a few specializing in hybrids and sell gently used plugins on the side including Teslas.

vdiv
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vdiv

Reduce, reuse, recycle 🙂

Robert Weekley
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Would this general idea not be a good indication that Tesla (with Pure Battery Powered Vehicles) is stealing Infiniti’s Lunch almost right out from under them!

Interesting – that the Infinity Dealership Failed, at a time when Ohio (Auto Dealers, at least) is now trying to restrict Tesla Sales, so this acquisition is a nice – ‘Back At Ya’ from Tesla!

QCO
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QCO

It’s a great metaphor for how EV technology will supplant ICE technology.

But traditional dealerships are geographically positioned to focus more on convenience for service than sales. The very act of going to a dealership to consider buying a new car is intimidating.

Telsa wants to break the franchise sales model by using mall storefronts and online sales. So they only need a few converted dealership facilities, mainly to support their limited service needs rather than sales.

Mark
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Mark

I think this is a great metaphor for how Tesla is a car company, not a technology company.

Tim F.
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Tim F.

This store is already open. It celebrated its grand opening this weekend.

GR33N
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GR33N

I missed that ! Darn.

Phr3d
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Phr3d

If Tesla Ever runs an ad, basing it upon how many Infiniti and Lexus dealerships purchased could be good fun..
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