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More Than One Way to Pull a Hill

Pedego Co-Founder Saw His Spot in Electric BikesA taxing task led to a global business for Don DiCostanzo. Tired of peddling his bike uphill on Superior Avenue in Newport Beach for volunteer work and recreation, he knew there had to be an easier way. His solution? An electric bike.

By Deirdre Newman March 21, 2016 midnight   $$ Share

Working Wardrobes HQ to Irvine

Working Wardrobes, a non-profit that provides career training, job placement assistance and professional wardrobe services to men, women and military veterans, is moving from Costa Mesa to Irvine.

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Most OC Carmakers Beat U.S. Pace

Three of four Orange County-based automakers exceeded the national sales pace for new vehicle sales in April, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Del Taco Swings to Q1 Profit

Lake Forest-based Del Taco Restaurants Inc. reported net income of about $3.1 million for the first quarter of 2016 compared with a $4.9 million loss year-over-year.

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Sock Maker Raises $30M

San Clemente-based Stance Inc. received $30 million in Series D funding led by Mercato Partners in Salt Lake City.

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Anaheim Apparel Maker to Be Sold

Midlothian, Texas-based Ennis Inc. said it plans to sell Alstyle Apparel LLC in Anaheim to the newly formed Alstyle Operations LLC for $76 million in cash and $12 million to cover a 60-month equipment lease.

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Mitsubishi: U.S. Cars OK With EPA

Cypress-based Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. said the fuel economy data for its vehicles model years 2013 to 2017 sold in the U.S. is accurate and is not affected by testing irregularities its Japan-based parent revealed last week.

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PacSun CFO Departs

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. named Ernie Sibal its chief financial officer after Chris Tedford resigned “to pursue other endeavors.”

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BJ’s Profit Up 21%

Shares in Huntington Beach-based BJ’s Restaurants Inc. jumped about 9% to a market cap of $1.1 billion in Friday morning trading following a positive quarterly report after markets closed yesterday.

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Santa Margarita Toyota Sold

Jim Graham, owner of Santa Margarita Ford, acquired Santa Margarita Toyota from John Dinsmore.

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Johnny Rockets in Rebranding

Johnny Rockets Restaurant Group plans to recast the retro burger chain for a changing customer base.

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House of Blues to Add 100 Jobs

House of Blues Anaheim owner Live Nation Entertainment Inc. lists a May 31 closing date for the Downtown Disney venue in a filing with the California Employment Department.

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PacSun Files BK

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. in Anaheim filed for bankruptcy protection and said it will convert debt into equity for creditor Golden Gate Capital.

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PacSun to File for Bankruptcy

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. is preparing to file for bankruptcy next week, according to news reports.

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Hydrox Maker Expands Kroger Deal

Newport Beach-based Leaf Brands said it will expand distribution of its Hydrox cookies via Cincinnati-headquartered Kroger Co. supermarkets.

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Mitsubishi Beats National Sales Pace

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