Hayward strip mall destroyed by fire, vandals

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Photo by Kedar Dutt/The Pioneer

Kedar Dutt,
Photo Editor

The strip mall in Hayward down the hill from the Cal State East Bay Hayward campus is damaged from a fire last month and vandals that broke into the abandoned businesses. The site is the former home of several Fijian, Pacific Islander and other ethnic shops that included a curry restaurant, a hookah lounge and a Fijian dessert shop. According to Waseem Khan, a developer of the property, the site will be renovated this year and eventually be the home to more than 14,000 square feet of a “Multi Ethnic Shopping Center.” At the time of publication, the city of Hayward did not respond to inquiries about the current state of the site.