Acolytes of an older, mom-and-pop-driven mid-Market retail corridor are railing against the latest business to colonize prime real estate at the Ninth Street intersection, using its vast cash reserves to curry favor with the landlord, override zoning controls, and displace a small vegetarian restaurant. Its business model is disruptive, but unlike with other business giants in the area, even the politicians and pro-development evangelists balked when the company made its first power play: Tenderloin housing czar Randy Shaw dubbed it a "terrible deal for mid-Market"; Supervisor Jane Kim introduced new conditional-use permits to deter the San Bernadino-born giant, whose assets were worth more than $35... More >>>