The days of seeing Tesla’s stores in posh shopping malls and retail centers could, he says, pass report from Electrek. Sources tell the website that Tesla will instead focus on finding cheaper spaces, such as parking lots and warehouses, where a remote fleet of cars will be housed. The company will also not lay off retail staff (it is actually in in the middle of an employment conversation). Instead of being tied to individual stores, these workers will help manage Tesla’s testing and purchases from those remote locations.
If this news sounds familiar, it’s because Tesla said earlier that it would do so close most of its stores earlier 2019 rapid reversal of the course. This new strategy, if eventually implemented, seems to be a smarter implementation of the plan. Most Tesla customers already buy cars online, so there is less need to have expensive shopping malls nearby. Cheaper locations will also be better for holding more vehicles, which should help meet the increased demand for shopping and test drives.
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