Our recent visit to the St Louis Tesla Motors store and service center was rather uneventful. Our Garmin GPS alerted us to turn into the location a little late. So we had to drive down the street to turn around. While we sat at a light a Tesla Model S pulls up at the light on the street we just turned off of.
This meant the chase was on. The light took forever to change I figured we had no chance of catching up to the Model S. But somehow we did. At first I thought it was just a family heading home after a visit to the Tesla Motors St Louis service center. After our stop at the Tesla store – I think it was most likely a test drive.
When we pulled into the service center / store – what looked to be the Model S we recorded was sitting out front. This is rather confusing since it was heading in the opposite direction of this location. Either way – even it was a different car – potential customers were having their Tesla experience. When I see the sales process taking place I try to stay out of the way. So I sat in the car waiting for the customers to head inside. Since they didn’t – I got out and headed for the Tesla Rangers fossil fuel powered trucks. None of which look to run on E-85 or biodiesel.
As I recorder the Tesla Rangers my girlfriend tried heading inside to check out the store. The weekend before we had revisited the downtown Chicago location. According to the Tesla Motors website – the St Louis store is open Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm. There is definitely some confusion on our part about this.
The video above clearly shows the service center door not listing those hours. When recording the Tesla trucks service center employees where definitely leaving for the day. One had what I think was an old white Datsun ( may have been another vehicle manufacturer – but I vote for it being a Datsun 720 ) in the fenced off area. I have video of that truck included in the Tesla Rangers recording.
There is another door to the left of the service center entrance with no hours or information listed. If you look in the window by this door you will see a Tesla Model S on what I assume is the showroom floor. Someone was using a push broom to clean the floors when I looked in. So I assumed that everything was closing up for the night. There was at least one family inside – I didn’t try the door and didn’t want to interrupt a potential sale.
The Tesla Motors website list the St Louis location as a store and service center. From my reading most people consider the St Louis location a service center only.
I’d assume since test drives were being offered there must be some type of sales staff in St Louis. All I know is that even though we clearly showed interest in the Tesla Model S and the Rangers – no one on staff engaged us in conversation. Yes there is a fine line between when to let people record without being hassled.
And I would never suggest that a potential paying customer be ignored for someone who is just a small stockholder who can’t afford to buy the Model S – even though they would love to.
I would also assume that the St Louis Tesla Motors location isn’t somewhere that gets a bunch of tourist activity – like the Chicago store. Tesla St Louis is located very close to The Delmar Loop which offers restaurants and entertainment options galore.
Our visit wasn’t a total loss – we did get Model S and Tesla Ranger footage. Just wanted to explore the location more. But do to the conflicting hours of operation information we didn’t get there in time to do so.
Disclaimer – I am a very minor Tesla Motors stock owner. Unfortunately I didn’t have near the amount of money I wanted to invest in this company. But I do own a few shares.
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