Tesla coming to city: First W. MI center slated for Grand Rapids area

KENTWOOD, Michigan (WOOD) – Tesla is opening its first vehicle service center in West Michigan.

The company’s signs are already on the site of the former Prestige Auto Imports on 29th Street SE east of Breton Road on the border between Grand Rapids and Kentwood. The location is in the same city block as West Michigan’s first whole foods marketthat is under construction.

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Records filed with the Kent County Register of Deeds show that Ohio landlord Sean Properties Michigan, LLC began renting the space on 29th Street to Tesla on November 6 – the same day a Building permit application has been submitted to the city.

The motion called for “limited” improvements to the interior of the building “for” TESLA, INC. “Auto sales, delivery, and vehicle service centers.” Stakeholders estimated the renovation would cost approximately $ 500,000.

Until last year, consumers had to leave the state to buy and service their car or SUV from Tesla. The automaker sued Michigan in 2016 a 2014 law that required automakers to sell through independent franchise dealers rather than directly to customers. The company claimed it was unconstitutional. In January 2020 the State populated with TeslaThis allows the automaker to ship, sell, and service its electric vehicles in Michigan under subsidiaries, provided the Teslas are titled in another state and then transferred to Michigan.

Tesla broke into the Michigan market with a “gallery” in the Troy suburb of Detroit. Employees were prohibited from discussing pricing or closing deals, but those restrictions were lifted as part of the settlement.

The auto company has since added another service center on the east side of Michigan in Clarkston. his website shows.

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