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Wet Seal Opens ‘Plus’ Stores

Wet Seal Inc. said it will celebrate the opening of 31 Wet Seal Plus stores across the country on Aug. 16, including one Orange County location at The Shops at Mission Viejo.

By Mediha DiMartino August 12, 2014 7:59 a.m.   Share
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Boot Barn Files $86M IPO

Irvine-based Boot Barn Holdings filed for an initial public offering to raise up to $86.3 million, according to reports.

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Report: Fox Head Looks to Sell

Irvine-based motorcross apparel company Fox Head Inc. is reportedly on the sales block and seeking more than $200 million.

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More Johnny Rockets Overseas

Aliso Viejo-based hamburger chain Johnny Rockets Inc. said it plans to open four or five new restaurants in South America by the end of the year and another seven in 2015, adding to the 13 it has there now.

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Del Taco Plans 28 Southeast Sites

Lake Forest-based Del Taco LLC said it will open 28 new locations in the Southeast United States.

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OC Auto Sales Up 6.2% in August

Orange County auto dealers sold 13,592 vehicles in August, a 6.2% increase from the same period last year, according to Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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China-Based Athletic Brand Picks Irvine for U.S. Headquarters

361 Degrees International Ltd., which bills itself as second-largest athletic brand in China, has chosen Irvine for its North American headquarters.

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Autobytel Increases Share Buyback Plan

Autobytel Inc.’s board of directors has approved an additional $1 million common stock repurchase program, increasing the total planned amount to $3 million.

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Johnny Rockets Launches Smaller Sites

Aliso Viejo-based Johnny Rockets Inc. said it would develop several types of smaller restaurants and work with an outside company to develop some of them, according to reports.

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Fullerton Shopping Center Sells for $48.5M

A Chinese real estate investor has bought Amerige Heights Town Center, a 163,514-square-foot retail center in Fullerton.

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RSM Smoothie Seller Plans 58 Locations

Bowl of Heaven plans to add 58 new franchised locations in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Las Vegas, the company said.

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Wet Seal Shares Fall on Q2 Loss

Shares of the Wet Seal Inc. tumbled 11% to 60 cents and a market value of $51.2 million in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the teen and contemporary retail chain reported a bigger-than-expected second quarter loss.

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J.Jill to Open in South County

J.Jill Group Inc. is set to open a store at the Shops at Mission Viejo this winter.

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OC Auto Brands Post Strong August Sales

Orange County-based auto brands met or exceeded national new vehicles sales figures in August.

Urban Decay’s Metro Moves

NB, London Flagships for $200M Brand

Wende Zommir worked her way up from an Elizabeth Arden makeup counter in Texas to cofounding Urban Decay Cosmetics LLC, L’Oréal SA luxury division’s No. 2 brand—second in sales growth only to Lancôme.

Kaiser Aluminum Beefs Up as Automakers Lose Weight

MANUFACTURING: Shares near all-time high despite soft aerospace

Shares of Kaiser Aluminum Corp. are nearing their prerecession heyday, thanks in part to small-but-growing sales in the automotive sector that have helped the Foothill Ranch-based company power through a stall in its aerospace business.