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2016 YEAR in Review: Retail & Marketing

Hyundai Motor America Inc.’s chief executive caught our eye as the South Korea-based automaker announced it will launch a stand-alone, luxury brand in January.

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First COO for Incipio

Irvine-based Incipio Group promoted Ann Fong to chief operating officer, a new position.

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Oakley Parent Sets $49B Merger

Oakley Inc.’s Italy-based parent, Luxottica Group SPA, plans to combine operations with Essilor International S.A. in France, pending regulatory and shareholder approval.

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New Operator for GG Knitting Mill

Broncs Inc. in Compton has reached an initial deal with American Apparel LLC to take over the lease for its textile facility in Garden Grove, according to news reports.

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Nordstrom Out at MainPlace

Nordstrom Inc. in Seattle said it plans to close its department store at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana in March. The closure will affect about 195 employees.

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RIP, South Coast Plaza’s Escher

Werner Escher, South Coast Plaza’s executive director of domestic and international markets has died after a battle with cancer.

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PE Firm Buys Sandal Brand

Courtney Group Inc. in Newport Beach acquired sandal brand Flojos from Conscious Corp. in Thousand Oaks on undisclosed terms.

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Kia Stinger Unveiled

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine debuted its first sports sedan Sunday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Yum China Taco Bell Opens

The first Taco Bell restaurant in China opened in Shanghai’s central business district as part of the fast food chain’s plan to open 1,000 restaurants overseas by 2022.

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New President, CFO for Raj Swim

Privately held RAJ Swim in Tustin hired Brenda West as its new president, making her the first person outside the swimwear maker’s founding family to hold the position.

Etnies, Michelin Debut Shoe

Skate brand etnies and Michelin today introduced “the toughest outsoles in history” for its Marana OG skate shoe.

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Automakers Grew Sales in 2016

Orange County-based automakers trailed the national sales pace in December even as most notched gains for the year, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Hyundai, Google Voice Controls Debut

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley plans to unveil a new feature tomorrow that allows vehicle owners to control various functions through Google Assistant voice commands.

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Manufacturer Buys Sharper Image

ThreeSixty Group Inc. in Irvine acquired The Sharper Image brand from Iconix Brand Group Inc. in New York for $100 million in cash.

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Kawaski, Citi to Offer Credit

Foothill Ranch-based Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. has arranged for Citi Retail Services to offer consumer financing via Kawasaki-branded credit cards at motorcycle manufacturer’s 1,100 authorized dealers.

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Hyundai CEO Out

Hyundai Motor America Inc. has parted ways with Chief Executive Dave Zuchowski, who led the Fountain Valley-based automaker for the past three years.