A new Porsche dealership is set to open Monday in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, and it’s already been vandalized.
On Thursday afternoon, The Standard witnessed graffiti daubed across the store’s large windows as a window cleaner worked to clean them up. Other staff in dress clothes were working inside the store.
Porsche confirmed the dealership will be open at 500 Eighth St. on the corner of Bryant Street from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A weekday-only service and parts departments will be open from 7:30 a.m.
The site was formerly home to a Mercedes Benz SmartCenter, according to a Google Maps listing and a sign above the store when The Standard visited Thursday.
“Our dealership is the place where passion and exclusivity come together to create a truly unique experience for all our clients," a Porsche spokesperson said.
On May 24, Cole Hardware announced on it would shutter its SoMa store at at 345 Ninth St. just a few blocks away from the new luxury dealership. The company's CFO blamed a declining customer base and concerns over security, after a 25% off closing-down sale.
In February, Samy’s Camera on the corner of Ninth and Bryant streets also closed its doors. Ace Plumbing and Rooter Inc. now occupy Samy's former location.
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