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Vacancies Help Prompt Westminster Mall Redo Talk

RETAIL: 43-year-old property hopes new pizzeria start of waveAn eye-catching floor-to-ceiling banner teases the arrival of a stand-alone John’s Incredible Pizza inside Westminster Mall.

Candy Man Wants Crack At Toys

Ellia Kassoff, candy maker to legacy cookie and candy lovers, said on LinkedIn that in the wake of the Toys ‘R’ Us demise, he’ll resurrect decade-dead brand KB Toys.

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Habit Chief Marketer Departs

Habit Restaurants Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Matt Hood plans to leave the fast-casual burger chain for another job, the company said.

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Del Taco Down on Results

Shares in Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) in Lake Forest fell about 10% in Thursday trading following yesterday's release of its fourth quarter and full-year results.

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Juice It Up Sold

Juice It Up was sold to SJB Brands LLC, a partnership of three investors: Dover Shores Capital LLC, Britt Private Capital LLC and Jupiter Holdings LLC.

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Earnings, Revenue Miss at AutoWeb; CEO, CFO Exit

Jeffrey Coats will leave his post as president and chief executive of Irvine-based AutoWeb Inc., formerly Autobytel, as the company missed analyst expectations on earnings and revenue in its most recent quarter.

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El Pollo Loco Revenue Up

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) in Costa Mesa earned 11 cents a share in its most recent quarter on revenue of $95.2 million, up 3%; analysts expected earnings of 10 cents a share.

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Sporting Goods Retailer Adds President

Longtime former Sport Chalet CEO Craig Levra has been named president of Costa Mesa-based retailer Gear Coop, a new executive role.

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El Pollo Loco Expands Delivery

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) in Costa Mesa expanded delivery service, the second OC-based restaurant operator to do so in the last month.

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AutoGravity Signs TD Bank

Irvine fintech firm AutoGravity today said it signed TD Auto Finance, a subsidiary of TD Bank, to its mobile car sales app.

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Habit to Test Breakfast, Develop App, Kiosks

Habit Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) in Irvine will test breakfast menu items and develop a digital mobile app and a kiosk ordering system.

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February Auto Sales Mixed

February and year-to-date sales figures for Orange County automakers were mixed.

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El Pollo Loco Names Chief

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. in Costa Mesa said Bernard Acoca will replace Steve Sather as president and chief executive and take his spot on the fast food chicken chain’s board.

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Habit Revenue Up, Income Flat

Habit Restaurants Inc. in Irvine said fourth quarter and full-year revenue rose but net income for both periods was either down or flat.

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Carmakers Shifting CEOs, Mitsubishi the Latest

Fred Diaz has been named chief executive and president of Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. in Cypress.

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Kia: New CEO

SeungKyu (Sean) Yoon will replace Jang Won (Justin) Sohn as chief executive and president of Kia Motors America in Irvine.

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