Deirdre Wyness stands in front of the empty storefront vacated by Nob Hill Foods on Santa Teresa Blvd. in San Jose, California, on Friday, July 21, 2017. Neighbors like Wyness are concerned that the vacant storefront has now become the target of blight, trash, rats and crime since Nob Hill Foods left the shopping center two years ago. (Gary Reyes/ Bay Area News Group)

San Jose: Retailers hold “community hostage” by keeping leases on empty buildings

SAN JOSE — After an anchoring Nob Hill grocery store closed in a prominent shopping center two years ago, the owners of a Chinese restaurant a few doors down hoped a new retailer would jump right in.

It hasn’t happened. The former supermarket building at 7076 Santa Teresa Boulevard has sat empty. And instead of drawing hungry shoppers, it gathers trash and a pesky new tenant — rats.

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