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Win-Win for Mophie, Dog Rescue Group at SXSW

Recharge Batteries With St. Bernard GroupMophie executed a clever social media stunt at the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival that wrapped up over the weekend in Austin, Texas.

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Judge Approves Sale of Wet Seal

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher S. Sontchi today in Delaware approved the sale of Wet Seal Inc. to private equity firm Mador Lending LLC.

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Taco Bell Japan to Open

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. has set an April 21 opening for its first restaurant in Japan under a franchising deal with Tokyo-based Asrapport Dining Co. Ltd., according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Mooney Out, McKnight Back to Quiksilver Chair

Quiksilver Inc. shares were down 12% to $1.95 and a market value of about $330 million in midday trading Friday as the news spread of the shakeup in the company’s top echelons.

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Ruby’s Founder Steps Back

Doug Cavanaugh has stepped back from day-to-day operations at Irvine-based Ruby Restaurant Group, the retro burger chain he founded 33 years ago.

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PacSun Results Up, Shares Down

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. beat analysts’ expectations for the fourth quarter, which ended Jan. 31, before its stock fell about 2% to $2.82 and a market value of about $195 million in midday trading Thursday

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Kia to Sell Soul EV Beyond California

Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. will start selling its Soul EV in Georgia, Texas, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii, a move that comes a few months after the launch of the electric vehicle in California.

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Auto Dealer Sales Up in 2014

Automotive dealers in Orange County combined for $11 billion in sales last year, a 10% increase over 2013, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association’s 2014 Economic Impact Report.

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Taco Bell Considers Design, Delivery

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. said it plans to test new store designs as well as food delivery, according to trade journal Nation’s Restaurant News.

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Levy Invests $120M in Del Taco

A group led by Chicago restaurateur Larry Levy has invested $120 million in Lake Forest-based Del Taco Holdings Inc., the first step in its previously announced acquisition of the fast food chain.

How Laguna Beach Adds Up

HOSPITALITY: Music festival, trolley add to eclectic approach

The eyes of the global hospitality industry were drawn to a big splash in Laguna Beach earlier this year, when the $360 million sale of the Montage Hotel put the value of the city’s premier commercial property at about $1.4 million per room, on par with the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.

Irvine-Based Marketer Plans to Sell Latino Accent in Miami

MARKETING: Niche unit aims to get brands past cultural barriers

Think of Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC’s Hispanic Retail Selling Team as ambassadors for general-market manufacturers looking to secure shelf space at Latino grocery stores in Southern California, Arizona, Texas and New York—with a push into Miami coming soon.

Will Times Lien in on Register? Picture This on Pimco

The $4.2 million lien slapped on Freedom Communications and its flagship Register seems to carry extra significance since it came at the request of the L.A. Times, which has a claim pending on bills for past work distributing the OC daily.

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Irvine Restaurant Operator Buys Again

American Restaurant Holdings Inc. in Irvine said an affiliate bought the five Orange County locations of Costa Mesa-based Fresca’s Mexican Grill.

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Kia Recalls Soul Cars

Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. has recalled 208,858 of its Soul and Soul EV models due to an issue with the gas pedal, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.