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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