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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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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.

Manhattan Transfer to Island Hotel; Ham & Keller Refine Focus

Gerard Widder, new GM of the Irvine Company’s Island Hotel, arrives in Newport Center with experience from several high-end Manhattan establishments, including a tenure in the same post for the flagship W.

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Quiksilver Slides on Rugged Quarter

Shares of Quiksilver Inc. dropped about 11% to $2.51 and market value of about $428.5 million in after-hours trading Thursday after the retailer posted a big loss and a steep drop in revenue for the quarter ended July 31.

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El Pollo Loco Parent Reports Higher Earnings in Q2

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. reported net income of $6.6 million and 21 cents per share for its second quarter ended June 25, 2014, compared to $410,000, or 1 cent per diluted share in the same period last year.

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Wet Seal Plunges on Q3 Outlook; Share Offerings

Trading in shares of Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal Inc. was halted for several hours after the market opened today.

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Thomas Back at Helm of Wet Seal

Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal Inc. Chief Executive John Goodman left the company August 26 and was replaced by former Chief Executive Edmond Thomas, according to regulatory filings.

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Bankrupt CM Restaurant Chain to be Bought

The Costa Mesa-based parent of the Elephant Bar restaurant chain is slated to be bought out of bankruptcy and will be operated by a Dallas-based restaurant company.