Tesla opening gallery within the Nordstrom store at the Grove

The Grove
The Nordstrom store at the Grove will host a Tesla Gallery starting Saturday.
(Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)

Shoppers can soon browse Tesla Motors’ cars while they’re at the Grove’s Nordstrom store. 

A Tesla Gallery opens Saturday within the upscale department store. The collaboration is the first of its kind for Palo Alto-based Tesla, which operates its own stores and doesn’t sell through a traditional dealer network. 

The 400-square-foot gallery will showcase Tesla’s new Model X SUV. Customers can’t buy a Tesla in the gallery, but they can explore trim options and go for a test ride with a Tesla employee. 

Tesla spokeswoman Keely Sulprizio says the gallery will be open at least through the end of this year. Sulprizio says Tesla is working on obtaining a license to sell cars from the Nordstrom location.