Vacant: Corbin Village in Woodland Hills, left, and Wickes Furniture in Van Nuys.

Vacant: Corbin Village in Woodland Hills, left, and Wickes Furniture in Van Nuys.

Ever wonder why certain pieces of retail real estate sit vacant, nearly vacant or undeveloped, even though they have prime exposure on some of the Valley’s busiest thoroughfares?

Despite superstitions these properties might be “jinxed,” local brokers said the answer is simpler: Some are priced too high; others are logistically difficult to build out or re-develop; and the economic downturn has made many big box spaces hard to fill...

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