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What's up with the Chicago Tesla dealer??

So as it turns out the address that tesla lists as the location for its chicago dealership is three blocks away from me... I can literally see it from my balcony, which is pretty cool! Its also 4 blocks from our engineering labs so it will be super easy for tesla owners to bring their cars right over for all the various add-ons that they will inevitably be wanting... Its totally win-win for me!...


Except that there doesnt seem to be anything going on.... The website lists the place as opening summer but I dont see any activity.. no permits are posted on the building and it has a big carwash banner on the facade...


Anyone know what the heck is going on ?
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Financial delay amigo!

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So as it turns out the address that tesla lists as the location for its chicago dealership is three blocks away from me... I can literally see it from my balcony, which is pretty cool! Its also 4 blocks from our engineering labs so it will be super easy for tesla owners to bring their cars right over for all the various add-ons that they will inevitably be wanting... Its totally win-win for me!...


Except that there doesnt seem to be anything going on.... The website lists the place as opening summer but I dont see any activity.. no permits are posted on the building and it has a big carwash banner on the facade...


Anyone know what the heck is going on ?
You think many in Chicagoland are going to be rushing out to purchase an $80,000 electric car with a range of 250 miles?

Pardon me. After the tax credit you'll be looking at ~ $50,000 or so.




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Llikely to be a fair weather / weekend toy for around here. The cold winters would drain the batteries long before 250 miles.

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Internal demo was completed about two weeks ago. Temp occupancy is planned for end of July, with full buildout complete by end of August.

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If its anything like their plans to build cars, I would expect huge delays...
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Internal demo was completed about two weeks ago. Temp occupancy is planned for end of July, with full buildout complete by end of August.
awesome... and its still going to be in that specific building/location?
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awesome... and its still going to be in that specific building/location?
Yup. The car wash firm is the building's owner's and I believe will continue to have some sort of presence.

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Yup. The car wash firm is the building's owner's and I believe will continue to have some sort of presence.
cool.. if that location doesnt work out let me know.. we are planning redevelopment and expansion at our labs/office site on the corner of milwaukee and elston. The traffic flow there is amazing (10x the grand ave. location) and the building is already zoned for it.

Also you guys might consider doing something with the new mercedes benz dealership that is being built just up the street.. They have *alot* of space at the site and can handle both sales and service needs. Also its right off the interstate so the visibility is good.
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The Daly Wash? That's slightly hilarious.

Rob, good luck. I've seen your posts on this forum and I think you can offer a lot to the market.
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Anyone think of telling Oprah??? I heard she can Do Anything especially if it's a GREEN CAR like the Tesla.... Maybe she would shot a special Segment for you Guys... Hope it all works out.. Good luck there in ChicagoLand..

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snuck around and got some inside pics today...
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