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Biggest Area Subway Developer to Relocate Eateries

RESTAURANTS: Taps eating trends, new areas in OCGrewal Foods OC LLC in Irvine plans to relocate 15 to 20 of its 250 Orange County Subway restaurants over the next two to three years, said President Bob Grewal.

By Paul Hughes August 15, 2016 midnight   $$ Share
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Auto Show Makes Room for Trucks

This year’s Orange County International Auto Show will occupy 25% more room at the Anaheim Convention Center for its Oct. 6-9 run.

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Online Retailer to Open South Coast Plaza Pop-Up Store

Irvine-based menswear company Combatant Gentlemen next month plans to open a pop-up store at Bloomingdale’s in South Coast Plaza that will remain open throughout the holiday season.

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Concordia Gets Resident Entrepreneur

Charlie Zhang, founder of the Laguna Hills-based Pick Up Stix restaurant chain, has been named Entrepreneur-in-Residence by Concordia University Irvine’s business school.

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Baja Fresh, La Salsa Sold

Irvine-based BF Acquisition Holdings LLC, the parent company for Baja Fresh Mexican Grill and La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill, will be acquired for $27 million by MTY Food Group Inc. in Montreal, Canada.

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Karma Sticker: $130K

Karma Automotive LLC in Costa Mesa set the price for its Revero sports car at $130,000 but it was unclear when the car would be delivered to the 80 buyers who’ve placed initial orders.

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JD Power Sale Complete

The $1.1 billion sale of J.D. Power and Associates, a Costa Mesa-based unit of McGraw Hill Financial Inc., to XIO Group in London is complete, the consumer data and analytics firm said today.

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PacSun Emerges From BK

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware confirmed Pacific Sunwear of California Inc.’s restructuring plan Tuesday, a move that enabled the retail chain to emerge from bankruptcy under ownership of lender Golden Gate Capital.

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August Mixed for OC Carmakers

Three out of the four Orange County-based automakers fell behind the national sales pace on new-vehicle sales in August, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Swell.com Parent Rebrand on Hold

Australia-based online retailer SurfStitch Group Ltd. said a wave of recent losses have prompted it to delay a global rebranding effort that would have consolidated its online operations into a single website—Swell.com—named after its e-commerce subsidiary in Irvine.

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New CEO for Manhattan Beachwear

Manhattan Beachwear Inc. in Cypress named Kevin Mahoney its chief executive.

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Incipio Ends Skullcandy Pursuit

Incipio LLC walked away from its bidding war with Mill Road Capital Management LLC, a private investment firm that made the winning offer for Skullcandy Inc. at $6.35 a share in cash, which valued the company at about $197 million.

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Tilly's Results Beat Street

Tilly’s Inc. in Irvine reported revenue and earnings that exceeded Wall Street expectations for the August quarter.

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Speedo Drops Lochte

Speedo USA in Cypress will end its sponsorship of Ryan Lochte after a story he and three other U.S. swimmers told of being robbed at gunpoint on Aug 14 in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympic Games was proven false by authorities.

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Winston to CMO for Lugano

Lugano Diamonds in Newport Beach has promoted Stuart Winston to chief marketing officer and executive director of retail.

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Hyundai, Amazon Link on Test Drives

Hyundai Motor America in Fountain Valley will let prospective buyers in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas book test drives for the 2017 Elantra through Amazon’s Prime Now service, and check out the sedan at local dealers.