Tesla to Spend Millions on 60,000 sq ft Showroom, Service Center in Ontario

Photo: The Hamilton Spectator

Tesla is planning a multi-million-dollar investment into a showroom and service center in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, at the CF Lime Ridge shopping center, according to a report from The Hamilton Spectator.

The 60,000-square-foot was formerly a retail center and is now set to be reworked into a Tesla storefront and service center, only requiring a minor policy variance.

Those changes are expected to be presented by mall owner Cadillac Fairview during a committee of adjustment meeting for the city council on February 2.

Generally speaking, the project is well-supported by the city’s council, despite requiring a slight variance. Councillor Esther Pauls is among the proposal’s supporters.

“It’s a fantastic proposal,” Pauls said. “It’s going to be huge. It’s going to be a hub for Tesla.”

Pauls also added that work will begin in the coming weeks, before the new Tesla showroom opens in early 2024.

A report in August suggested that Tesla was lobbying for a factory in Ontario, though its legitimacy still has not been made clear.

In December, Tesla real estate manager Kyle Mazzone penned the following as part of a letter to Cadillac Fairview senior director Michael Peiser:

Tesla vehicles do not have internal combustion engines (ICE), thus vehicles do not have fuel tanks, use oil, exhaust systems, transmission or many of the other components that require the storage and use of hazardous materials on site or traditional vehicle ventilation,” the letter states. “The service work at this location will be standard servicing of electric vehicles, including software updates, tire replacement, tire balancing, alignment, paint-less bolt on panel replacement and/or dent removal (only replacing doors or the rear hatch, no typical body work or painting will be performed), topping off of water and/or refrigerant to cool the battery, and an occasional battery replacement. Our batteries are completely enclosed and don’t give off any chemical vapors. When replaced, there are four points to uncouple the battery from the vehicle and then it is sent to one of our remanufacturing locations for refurbishment.