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Mercury News will sell its sprawling San Jose HQ, find a new editorial home

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Mercury News is selling its 36-acre newspaper campus along Interstate 880 in North San Jose. It will move printing operations to Hayward and Concord, and find a new home for editorial employees somewhere else in Silicon Valley. The reason: too big, and too expensive to keep up.

The MediaNews Group-owned Merc has been in its present location—a sterile, suburban complex indistinguishable from the box-like structures built for tech companies that surround it—since moving from downtown San Jose in 1967. That was of course back in the Knight-Ridder days, when newspapers were healthy and growing. Now, well, there’s a lot of excess capacity. Here’s the Merc’s story announcing the sale plan.

Image: Mercury News photo from the 1960s, shortly after the new office/printing plant opened
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