Tesla Motors is preparing to leave Menlo Park in the rear-view mirror. The electric car retailer recently opened a renovated showroom on San Jose's Santana Row, and also got permission to open a second in Burlingame.
The Menlo Park store -- one of the city's top 25 tax generators -- is at 300 El Camino Real, a parcel owned by Stanford. The university has asked tenants to leave as leases expire in advance of its proposed mixed-use development. Tesla has been at that location since 2008.
"I can't speak to a specific date that our Burlingame store will open but it will be timed with the closing of our Menlo Park store, sometime this summer," Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson said.
The company first opened a Santana Row location in April 2011, Georgeson said, and a few weeks ago launched its re-opening after completing renovations that tripled the size of the store to 5,600 square feet, making it Tesla's largest.