Taking a trip to Mervyn's was common for most growing up in San Lorenzo during the 1950s. The chain department store made its debut in the Village in 1949 and nearly half a century, closed it doors in 1995.
The building eventually was demolished and a fence went up to enclose the empty lot.
Last year, Golden Corral, a buffet-style restaurant chain, signed a letter of intent with the Bohannons to build a restaurant at the empty lot. The announcement was made at a San Lorenzo Village Homes Association (SLVHA) board meeting in September 2011, in which residents responded positively.
The restaurant not only expected to fill the longtime eyesore at the heart of the community, but also bring with it the promise of 150 new jobs.
However, SLVHA Administrator Kathy Martins told Patch on Thursday that the decision still lies with corporate.
If you could fill this vacant lot in the next few months, what business would you like to see go here?
Post your suggestions in the comments section below.