New "Coming Soon" West Palm Beach Service at 5544 Okeechobee Blvd.
An article in the Palm Beach Post on August 16, 2018 indicates that the West Palm Beach Service Center and Store will be moving to a new larger location also in West Palm Beach. The article doesn’t provide any target dates for occupancy. Here’s the relevant excerpt from the article:
“Pebb [Enterprises] also just finished building Tesla’s new showroom and service center, at 5544 Okeechobee Blvd., just east of the Turnpike. The next step is interior construction of the electric car dealership, which will be a flagship Tesla location, one of a new breed of standalone Tesla centers being built. (The location will replace a small, out-of-the-way dealership and service center at 4651 Dyer Rd. in West Palm Beach. Tesla also has small showrooms at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens and the Town Center mall in Boca Raton.)”
We think that it is possible that the current Dyer Road location will remain open to support Certified Preowned Tesla operations. The Supercharger Station located there will likely remain open too.
I’ve checked the public records to validate the article. It appears to be accurate. In July 2017 the property was purchased by Accelerated Investments from Schumacher Auto Group for $5,000,000.
Shortly after Accelerated Investments purchased the property, they hired a Civil Engineering firm to draw up plans to demolish some buildings on the site, renovate others and do reworking of the site to remove asphalt and concrete in preparation of for repaving of parking.
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Accelerated Investments remains the owner of record and has some permits for signage, etc. that are still in-process according to the online building permits system. (Accelerated Investments has the same business address as Pebb Enterprises.)
One permit application for interior improvements is listed for Tesla as a “Tenant Build-Out”. Tesla started the permit application process in September 2017. To date the interior improvements permit has not been issued. The last activity on May 15, 2018 indicated that permit issuance was suspended, probably because Tesla has not yet assigned a contractor for the project. There also appears to a couple of minor questions from the Fire Inspector that remain unanswered by Tesla according to the online public records.
There has been some speculation on online forums that this location could support the installation of a new public Supercharger Station which would be located less than a mile from the Florida Turnpike. However, we have a credible, but unconfirmed rumor, that the “Coming Soon” Supercharger Station at West Palm Beach, planned for this year, will be located at the PDQ Restaurant at 2015 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33409, just three miles from this new location. If correct, the PDQ site would be conveniently located right off of I-95.
It has been reported on online forums that Tesla expects to move into the new location this Fall. However, although there has been much renovation activity by the owner of the property, so far there isn’t much in the way of available information regarding Tesla’s actions, such as hiring a contractor, that would reinforce the idea that they will be ready to move in by the Fall of this year. Nevertheless, if Tesla was highly motivated it might still be possible.