Fort Worth, Texas – Tesla, the electric vehicle titan, is in the process of seeking approval from the City of Fort Worth for a massive, 53,000 square-foot distribution center. The location selected for this venture is a plot exceeding five acres, situated near Fossil Creek Boulevard and Interstate 35W, at the northern extremity of the city.
The application details the design of the center: a single-story facility meant to house a showroom, vehicle service and preparation space, and additional office areas. The proposed plan includes the provision for a total of 407 parking spaces, among which nine are dedicated for disabled parking, and features three entrances.
Once operational, Tesla owners would benefit from standard vehicle maintenance and repair services. This would encompass software updates, tire services, and replacement of parts such as window regulators, door handles, suspension components, and bumpers. However, the center does not anticipate handling battery repairs, though inspections could be conducted. Battery replacements would be performed strictly on an as-required basis, a policy extending to tire repairs or replacements as well.
The showroom, on the other hand, is set to offer customers a glimpse into Tesla’s energy products and technologies, offering the exciting opportunity for test drives and demonstrations. New Tesla owners will also have the option to pick up their fresh-off-the-line vehicles from this location, albeit by appointment only.
This setup is due to Tesla’s unique approach to vehicle sales. Unlike traditional automakers, Tesla sells vehicles directly to consumers, circumventing the need for franchised dealerships. However, direct sales of new motor vehicles to customers by manufacturers or distributors are prohibited under Texas state law.
As of now, the timeline for the opening of this center remains unclear. Should it come to fruition, this will be Tesla’s second location in Fort Worth, with the inaugural store located at 275 University Drive, just north of West Seventh Street.