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Johnny Rockets in Rebranding

Johnny Rockets Restaurant Group plans to recast the retro burger chain for a changing customer base.

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House of Blues to Add 100 Jobs

House of Blues Anaheim owner Live Nation Entertainment Inc. lists a May 31 closing date for the Downtown Disney venue in a filing with the California Employment Department.

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PacSun Files BK

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. in Anaheim filed for bankruptcy protection and said it will convert debt into equity for creditor Golden Gate Capital.

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PacSun to File for Bankruptcy

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. is preparing to file for bankruptcy next week, according to news reports.

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Hydrox Maker Expands Kroger Deal

Newport Beach-based Leaf Brands said it will expand distribution of its Hydrox cookies via Cincinnati-headquartered Kroger Co. supermarkets.

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Mitsubishi Beats National Sales Pace

Only one of four Orange County-based automakers exceeded the national sales pace for new vehicles in March, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Bloomingdale’s to Join Orange Outlets

The Outlets at Orange said it will add a Bloomingdale’s outlet to its 120-tenant lineup at a shopping center in Orange.

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eBay Buys Irvine Auto Marketer

Cargigi Inc. in Irvine was acquired by eBay Inc. on undisclosed terms.

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Irvine Retailer Names New CFO

The Wet Seal LLC in Irvine hired Judd Tirnauer as its executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective May 1.

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SWELL President Named Parent’s Co-CEO

Australia-based online retailer SurfStitch Group Ltd. named Lex Pedersen and Justin Stone co-chief executives.

Greenlaw Plans Rentals, Hotel Near Outlets Mall

REAL ESTATE: For-sale project in IBC also on developer’s agenda

Real estate investor and developer Greenlaw Partners is pushing ahead with plans to build more than 900 apartments and for-sale homes and a hotel in separate projects on land it owns in Orange and Irvine.

LBA Sheds More Light on 9-Acre Mixed-Use Project

REAL ESTATE: 423,000 SF of space across from Park Place

LBA Realty Inc. has disclosed more details, plus early-stage renderings, of the mixed-use campus it’s targeting for a 9.4-acre site at the intersection of Jamboree Road and Michelson Drive in Irvine.

Taco Bell to Open First China Location

Taco Bell Corp. is planning to open its first location in China by the end of the year, executives of the Irvine-based chain said during a Bank of America Merrill Lynch consumer and retail conference in New York.

More Than One Way to Pull a Hill

Pedego Co-Founder Saw His Spot in Electric Bikes

A taxing task led to a global business for Don DiCostanzo. Tired of peddling his bike uphill on Superior Avenue in Newport Beach for volunteer work and recreation, he knew there had to be an easier way. His solution? An electric bike.

Much More Than a Spaghetti Dinner

Anaheim White House’s Serato Gives as Restaurant Shines

Bruno Serato, owner of the Anaheim White House Restaurant, may be better known nationally and internationally for his charity work than his success as a business owner.