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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.

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Oaktree Set to Combine Quiksilver, Billabong

Oaktree Capital Management LP’s turnaround plan for Quiksilver Inc. calls for combining the Huntington Beach-based footwear and apparel company with Australia-based Billabong International Ltd., a “source close to the situation” told the New York Post.

OC-China Culture Club

Assimilation, Influence Hallmarks of Community Here

You won’t find a typical Chinatown in Orange County—no ethnic concentration with block after block of storefronts offering goods for new immigrants from the world’s most populous country or tourists anxious to brush up against an outpost of its culture.

Will Hyundai Add Truck to Lineup?

AUTOS: Fountain Valley HQ hopes for OK from South Korea

This week’s Orange County International Auto Show might mark the final appearance of the Hyundai Santa Cruz as a concept vehicle and raise the curtain on a new era for the brand’s Fountain Valley-based U.S. operations.

Name Game at Montage; Gillman Shows for Cove

Can’t blame anyone for doing a double take on the lineup for the Oct. 19-21 run of the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital conference at the Montage, where Apple CEO Tim Cook gets top billing and a star-studded undercard includes Tony Hsieh and Chris Cox.

Condos Now Proposed for Fashion Island Carwash

REAL ESTATE: 49 units would be latest for-sale project

Land in Newport Center that holds a carwash and that was once eyed for a boutique hotel now is being considered for a condominium project.

Hurley Founder Retires, Nike Vet in Spot

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

Thomas Returns to Tilly’s As Chief Exec

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

Kia Sets Up for Touchdown With New Sorento Ads

Spots Take Advantage Of Biggest Primetime View

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine is promoting its 2016 Sorento crossover in a new marketing campaign that’s airing during “NBC Sunday Night Football” broadcasts.

Rare Commercial Deal in Pricey Corona del Mar

2-Building Office-Retail Space Nabs $734 PSF

A pair of office and retail buildings on East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar has traded hands at what’s been described as a record price for the area.

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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.

Status Update on Irvine Company Retail

Fashion Island Sidles Up to South Coast Plaza; A+ for Irvine Spectrum

The Irvine Company’s efforts to ensure its retail properties remain relevant to today’s click-happy shoppers have gotten noticed—and not only by the locals who descend en masse to the Irvine Spectrum Center on weekends or the well-heeled tourists flocking to Fashion Island.