Mercedes rams Cliff’s in the Castro

Cliff’s Variety store in San Francisco’s Castro District is closed this morning after a hit-and-run crash into the store.

The longtime hardware store at 479 Castro St. is closed because of a Mercedes-Benz that crashed into the building around 5 a.m. According to police, the driver then fled on foot and remains at large.

The storefront was damaged but no injuries were reported, police said.

An outgoing message on the store’s phone line this morning said:

“We are now closed due to a car smashing into the front of the store. We are not sure what time we will be able to open. We will open as soon as it is safe.”

The store usually opens at 9 a.m. on Mondays.

— Sasha Lekach, Bay City News