Tesla was hoping to open a new Sales, Service & Delivery Center in Victoria, British Columbia earlier this summer. The automaker had been in negotiations for several months to secure the site of the former Volvo dealership, just outside of the downtown core.
The deal was so close to being completed that Tesla even published a job posting seeking a service manager for the new location.
Unfortunately it all fell apart with the other party suddenly pulling out of the deal at the final hour. The deal was supposedly killed because all the existing dealerships in the city are owned by the major players who don’t want to see Tesla enter the market.
Still eager to open in the region with the highest rate of EV adoption per capita in North America, Drive Tesla has learned the automaker has taken matters into their own hands and is planning to build a brand new location in Langford.
According to a source familiar with the deal, Tesla’s future Victoria Sales, Service & Delivery Center will be located at the new development on McCallum Road across from Costco at 2371 Gate City Blvd.
From what we have learned, Tesla recently put the construction job out to tender, with a deadline for companies to submit proposals by the end of September.
Tesla has been reviewing the proposals and is expected to award the job to the successful bidder very soon.
Given it is still very early in the process and construction hasn’t started, Tesla’s newest location in British Columbia probably won’t open until mid to late 2022 at the earliest.