Tesla Motors to open new store at Bellevue Square mall

The Tesla Roadster

The high-end electric sports cars from Tesla Motors are a favorite among tech geeks.

And given that love affair, what better spot to showcase the capabilities of the vehicles than Bellevue Square?  Tesla Motors plans to open a new store at the shopping center located just a few miles away from Microsoft’s headquarters.

The store will be on the second level, just north of Center Court. It’s unclear whether the new facility will showcase actual vehicles and when it will open for business. A spokesman for the Silicon Valley car maker declined to comment on its plans in Bellevue, but a GeekWire reader informed us of the company’s retail plans at the popular shopping destination.

A Bellevue Square spokeswoman confirmed that the car maker is setting up shop in the mall, marking the first time that cars have been sold next to clothes, jewelry and furniture at the shopping center.

With the number of millionaires that Microsoft has minted over the years, it is probably safe to say that Tesla is entering a target rich environment. (Proud owners of Tesla’s high-end Roadster sports car, which sells for $109,000, include Microsoft deputy general counsel Tom Burt and others).

Tesla, which plans to roll out a four-door sedan next year, opened its first store in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood in late 2009. Backed by German car maker Daimler, Tesla was started by former PayPal executive Elon Musk.

  • Guest

    This is a good move for Tesla. Can dealerships on Google’s and Facebook’s burgeoning Seattle campi be far behind?

  • Anonymous

    I almost think this store will do well, but I am puzzled by their second floor location. Will they have actual cars up there?

    Also, I hope for Bellevue Square management’s sake that they are getting their entire lease contract up front. Tesla has been losing $100s of millions of dollars a year.

    • johnhcook

      I did hear that they will have cars up there, but Tesla isn’t commenting about its plans right now.

    • Eletruk

      They are electric, so you don’t have to worry about fumes, or leaking gas.