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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.

OC’s First Din Tai Fung and Other Worthy Food Adventures

Chinese Dumpling House Delights With Each Morsel

Din Tai Fung, the famed Chinese dumpling house, opened two weeks ago at South Coast Plaza (entrance on the upper level next to Sears). I surmise that, having heard the buzz about its international reputation, the crowds will flow.

Newport Beach Hotel Software Specialist in China Buy

HOSPITALITY: Healthcare, restaurants, golf also clients

A Newport Beach-based software provider that specializes in the hospitality industry expanded its operations in China last week with the acquisition of a company in Singapore.

Billabong to Sell Swell.com in Irvine

Australia-based Billabong International Ltd. said it plans to sell its surf apparel retailer Swell.com in Irvine to a consortium of investors in a spinoff that also includes a 51% sale of SurfStitch, its other e-commerce business.

Kia Hamsters Bring on Geek Chic With New Ad

Brains, Female Enter Mix Of Popular Marketing Stars

Ever wonder who designed Kia Motors America Inc.’s first electric vehicle?

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PacSun’s Shares Down on Q2 earnings, Q3 Forecast

Shares of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. were down 4.3% in after-hours trading Thursday after the retailer said it anticipates a third-quarter loss between 4 cents and 9 cents a share, and revenue between $203 million and $208 million.

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Tilly’s Shares Fall on Q2 Numbers

Shares of Tilly’s Inc. fell 9% to about $7.70 and a market cap of about $212 million in after-hours trading Wednesday after the retailer posted a 70% drop in earnings for the second quarter that ended Aug. 2.

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OC Auto Sales Up 7.7% in July

Sales of new vehicles at Orange County auto dealers rose 7.7% to 14,011 vehicles in July compared with the same period last year, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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$1 Million Grand Prize in Wienerschnitzel Sweepstakes

Wienerschnitzel is offering $1 million as the grand prize in its latest “Cash in on a Corn Dog” sweepstakes.

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Irvine Company Announces Week of Fashion Events

The Irvine Company’s retail properties, Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum Center and the Market Place, plan to launch Style Week Orange County on Sept. 10, packed with “fashion shows, shopping parties and trend presentations to celebrate the best in O.C. style.”

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Centers Turn to Clusters of Restaurants as Drawing Cards

Developers and owners of Orange County’s retail centers are increasingly going small and thinking with their stomachs to attract customers.

Downtown Santa Ana’s Next Act

Food Hall Latest Twist for East End

The developer who’s driving downtown Santa Ana’s makeover is doubling down on dining.

Retail Market Continues Slow Recovery

Retail sales continued to gradually improve in the second quarter, aiding the U.S. economy as local retail markets kept moving toward a full post-recession recovery.

Restaurant Chain Receives Funding

Irvine-based restaurant chain and franchisor LYFE Kitchen received a minority investment from Carlisle Corp. and will move to that company’s Memphis, Tenn., headquarters, according to news reports.

Wet Seal Sings ‘Fifth Harmony’ in New Campaign

Features Fashions Inspired By Girl Pop Music Group

Look for harmony in Wet Seal Inc.’s upcoming marketing campaign—Fifth Harmony, that is.