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Tesla aims to open large dealership in Bristol

A Tesla Destination Charging charge point

Electric car manufacturer Tesla is behind plans to redevelop a DIY store in Bristol into a car showroom and service centre.

It has gained planning permission from South Gloucestershire Council to open the former Wickes outlet at the junction of Pegasus Road and Centaurus Road in a move which it says could create 30 to 40 jobs.

The change-of-use plans were approved subject to further approval of a travel plan, which has now been received by the council, which aims to reduce car usage.

The plans would not require external changes to the building (pictured below from Google Streetview) except for signage changes, for which further consent would be required.

The new Tesla centre will be roughly half a mile from junction 17 of the M5 motorway, with eight Tesla Superchargers in the car park for customers to charge their vehicles plus another seven chargers by the showroom.

The former Wickes store that Tesla will turn into a car showroom

Tesla already has a 'store' and charging points at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway nearby, plus a separate service centre at Westbury-on-Trym.

It is its most westerly sales site in England.

The American car brand has increased its UK new car sales rapidly since the arrival of the Tesla Model 3, which prompted a rash of new store openings, and now it aims to grow further with the newest addition, the Tesla Model Y.

"The proposals will retain much of the existing site configuration with the existing building in the eastern section of the site being converted to the show room and the service yard to the north of the building being retained, albeit with the internal configuration changing to suit the new development," states the travel plan.

Its property agent, Fresh Design International, also works with Harley Davidson, Ineos Automotive and Lexus.

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