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Tesla aims to quadruple its retail footprint in New York

by Justin King

The company is currently limited to just five stores in the state, but a new bill would allow the company to expand to 20 stores.

Tesla is pushing to significantly expand its retail footprint in New York ahead of the Model 3's arrival later this year.

Regulations currently prohibit the company from operating more than five retail outlets across the entire state, limiting local sales to a few high-priority neighborhoods in the New York City area.

State legislators have introduced a bill that proposes a less restrictive limit of 20 stores.

Tesla suggests some of the new stores would be located upstate in cities such as Albany and Buffalo, according to a statement to the . The company currently operates a large solar factory near Buffalo, thanks to the SolarCity acquisition.

"We plan to invest further in sales infrastructure in New York State," the automaker promises.

Tesla's state-by-state battle against dealer franchise laws will likely heat up next year as the company attempts to ramp up Model 3 production volume across the country.

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