A Kelly's Market clerk avoided being hurt in an east side robbery early this morning.

Madison police say...the suspect walked into the store on Shopko Drive shortly after 1:00 AM, and asked for some Swisher Sweet cigars. The man left when the store didn't have any of the cigars, but reportedly returned and held the place up.

The suspect claimed to have a gun and demanded money. He made off with some cash and remains at large.