Zzzzzzapp!! Workers are finishing up construction inside the Houston area’s second Tesla store for its grand opening on Saturday and Sunday. It’s in the DCT Airtex Business Center, a new tilt-up building on the east side of I-45 between Beltway 8 and FM 1960. Like the Galleria storefront that’s been open for a few years now, the showroom is a company store, not a dealership: You’ll be able to order a Model S or Model X online, then take delivery at the company’s maintenance facility in Westchase (and take care of the paperwork at the courthouse yourself to get the title and plates). But of course you won’t be able to buy a Tesla on the premises because Texas laws require cars to be sold through a dealership, and Tesla won’t sell them that way.
Unlike the Galleria store, free juice for Tesla owners is available in the drive-up spaces out front:
The building at 14820 North Fwy. is just south of E. Airtex Dr. If you don’t like what you see, the Tom Peacock Nissan and Cadillac dealerships, Corvette World, and Lone Star RV are perched on the same feeder road, and the DeMontrond complex of Kia, Buick, Volkswagen, and RV outlets and a Lamborghini dealership are just across the highway to the south.
Photos: Matt Musick
Ah Texas, where conservative pro business values reign supreme, except for when it doesn’t….
Don’t forget the McLaren dealership being built a short distance North as well, in case the Kia and Buick dealerships are too busy.
MrEction, I think all of our state politicians [at least the 60% who take ‘contributions” from the Texas Auto Dealers Association (TADA)] would vehemently and wholeheartedly agree that Lobbying itself is indeed a pro-business practice and we should ignore any negative repercussions this has on the retail industry.
Repubs are da debble! MamaEction says so!
There’s pro-business and there’s politicians doing what they do. No one is immune to the latter.
Pro business values are not even close to pro free market values. Do not conflate.
Why does the government fell the need to tell fee people how they can buy or sell a car?
Go Tesla!! Tell the auto establishment where it can put it’s “business practices”.