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Mediterranean Chain Franchises for Growth

RESTAURANTS: Panini Cafe also rebrands locationsMediterranean restaurant chain Panini Cafe is changing the name of its 13 locations and selling franchises in a series of shifts that also include a new logo and ambitious plans.

By Paul Hughes March 27, 2017 midnight   $$ Share
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Streetwear Apparel Co. Acquired

Lifted Research Group Inc. was bought by Mad Engine LLC in San Diego on undisclosed terms.

By Mediha DiMartino April 25, 2017 4:29 p.m. share »
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Volcom Sales Down

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. posted $60.1 million in revenue in the first quarter, a 3.5% decrease from the prior year period, according to Kering S.A., its Paris-based parent.

By Mediha DiMartino April 25, 2017 4:07 p.m. share »
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Del Taco Wants Tennessee Again

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. signed a franchisee to open seven units in Tennessee, a return to that market for the fast food chain, and in Georgia, where Del Taco has recently announced new franchise deals.

By Paul Hughes April 25, 2017 3:48 p.m. share »
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Mazda Hires CMO

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations hired Dino Bernacchi as its chief marketing officer, a new position.

By Mediha DiMartino April 20, 2017 9:02 a.m. share »
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Zhang to Launch Nonprofit

Pick Up Stix founder Charles Zhang created the non-profit O.C. Music & Dance to provide top quality musical arts education and training for children, regardless of their family’s ability to pay, Zhang said.

By Deirdre Newman April 18, 2017 1:11 p.m. share »
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Habit Hires CDO

Habit Restaurants Inc. named Douglas Branigan chief development officer; he fills a role vacated by Russell Friend, who left the Irvine-based operator of fast-casual hamburger restaurants in August.

By Paul Hughes April 18, 2017 11:19 a.m. share »
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True Drinks Names CEO

True Drinks Holdings Inc. in Irvine named James Greco its chief executive.

By Paul Hughes April 18, 2017 9:22 a.m. share »
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AC Hotel Irvine Opens

The AC Hotel Irvine opened March 31.

By Paul Hughes April 13, 2017 4:24 p.m. share »
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El Pollo Loco Cuts Franchise Fees

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. in Costa Mesa will lower initial franchise fees and cut the royalty rates it charges franchisees to boost growth.

By Paul Hughes April 13, 2017 12:56 p.m. share »
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Brewer, Tasting Room Closes

Valiant Brewing Co. in Orange closed March 31.

By Paul Hughes April 13, 2017 12:10 p.m. share »
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Taco Bell Gets PETA Props

Taco Bell Corp.’s bean burritos will be the focal point of an upcoming campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

By Mediha DiMartino April 5, 2017 9:53 a.m. share »
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Volcom Exec Moves to RVCA

Kevin Meehan has left the role of Volcom Americas market president to join Billabong Group’s RVCA in Costa Mesa as global general manager.

By Mediha DiMartino April 4, 2017 3:43 p.m. share »
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OC Automakers’ March Sales Mixed

Two of the four largest Orange County-based automakers exceeded the national sales pace for new vehicles in March, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

By Mediha DiMartino April 3, 2017 2:35 p.m. share »
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ASICS Opens Boston Studio

ASICS America Corp. plans to open a product design studio in Boston, according to news reports.

By Mediha DiMartino March 29, 2017 8:46 a.m. share »
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El Pollo Loco Grows Texas Deal

El Pollo Loco said a Texas franchisee has agreed to nearly triple the number of units the local operator will open.

By Paul Hughes March 28, 2017 3:09 p.m. share »