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LA-Based Retailer Gets Anna’s Name

MARKETING: Fallas-Paredes chain also picks up 41 leasesScott Gladstone didn’t manage to hold on to Anna’s Linens Inc.’s name, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Santa Ana.

By Mediha DiMartino September 28, 2015 midnight   $$ Share
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Tilly’s Taps Ex-Wet Seal CEO

Tilly’s Inc. in Irvine has appointed Edmond Thomas, former chief executive of Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal LLC, its president and chief executive, effective Oct. 12.

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Hurley Founder to Retire

Hurley International LLC Chief Executive and Founder Bob Hurley is retiring from the company, according to parent company Nike Inc.

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Taco Bell Sales Up in Quarter

Taco Bell Corp.’s sales rose 7% in its most recent quarter, leading the way for parent Yum Brands Inc.’s fast food chains and outpacing Yum's overall results.

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Swiss Money Manager Buys Taco Bell Franchisee

An investor in Switzerland has bought a majority stake in one of the largest franchisee groups for Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp.

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Hyundai Recalls 470,000 Sonatas

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley plans to recall about 470,000 Sonatas over a condition that might cause engines to stall, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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New Boss for Aston Martin in Irvine

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., a British automaker that has its Americas region headquarters in Irvine, hired Laura Schwab to run its operations here.

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OC-Based Automakers’ Sales Up

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

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Del Taco Plans Central Calif. Push

Lake Forest-based Del Taco Restaurants Inc. said three franchisees will open 27 locations in central California. The company didn’t give a time frame for the expansion.

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Del Taco Board Member Buys Chicago Hot Dog Stand

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. board member Ari Levy and four investors bought the Wieners Circle hot dog stand in Chicago and are likely to expand the concept.

New Game Plan on Goodwill Distribution Center

RETAIL: Nonprofit gets room to do strategic merchandising

Goodwill of Orange County plans to reshape the merchandising and logistics behind its retail business with a move to a 154,040-square-foot distribution center in Tustin by year’s end.

6 Honored at Business Journal’s Innovation Awards

About 415 people celebrated innovation and the people who create it at the Business Journal’s inaugural Innovator of the Year awards last week at the Hotel Irvine.

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Johnny Rockets Opens New Concept

Aliso Viejo-based Johnny Rockets Restaurant Group will open its first Johnny’s Burger Factory fast-casual location in Buffalo, N.Y. this week.

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Mazda Charity Gives $500K to Food Bank

The Mazda Foundation announced a $500,000 grant to Irvine-based Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

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New Boss for Asics America

Asics America Corp. in Irvine hired Gene McCarthy as its new chief executive, effective Oct. 1, to replace Kevin Wulff, who will retire at the end of the year.