Orange County Business Journal


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Hobie Alter: Surfboard Shaper, Innovator

Hobart "Hobie" Alter, whose innovative surfboards and sailboats made him a legend in the surf industry, died on Saturday at the age of 80.

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Irvine Investor Adds RSM Restaurant

Irvine-based American Restaurant Holdings Inc., an investor in restaurants and food manufacturing companies, has acquired Canyon Fireside Grille on undisclosed terms.

PacSun Sales Up, Loss Narrowed for Year

Anaheim-based Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. took another step on the comeback trail with a gain in net sales and a narrowed loss for the year ended Feb. 1.

Facebook’s OC Focus

$2B Deal on Heals of Google Hookup With Oakley

Orange County gave Silicon Valley and the rest of the world plenty to talk about in a 24-hour burst last week.

McKernan to Join Horatio Alger’s OC Contingent

HONORS: Auto Club chairman due in D.C. for this week’s ceremony

Life got more humbling for Thomas McKernan as this week’s Horatio Alger Award ceremony in Washington, D.C., approached.

New Mission

Planning Helped Yogurt Chain Take Off, Founder Refocuses That Skill

Phillip Chang stepped down as chief executive of Irvine-based Yogurtland Franchising Inc. at the end of last year, but he’s not slowing down.

Element Skateboards Names Global GM

The parent of Element Skateboards promoted from within for the job of global general manager at the Costa Mesa-based brand.

ADDENDUM -- Week of March 31

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Va., awarded Boeing Co.’s operations in Huntington Beach a $30.7 million contract to support development of a system to use aircraft for satellite launches at a cost savings compared to rocket-fueled launches.

Vans Skatepark Project Investment in Its ‘Heritage’

Partners With City to Give Back to Fans, Donates $2M

The Vans Off the Wall Skatepark in Huntington Beach opened March 22, thanks to a $2 million investment from the Cypress-based shoe and apparel company.

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Buena Park Mall Partners with South Korea Entertainment Company

Officials at The Source retail and entertainment project currently under construction in Buena Park said they've struck a deal with a South Korea-based record label and talent agency that will bring recording studios and 2,000-seat concert venue.

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Report: El Pollo Loco Eyeing IPO

The owners of Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. are looking to take the company public, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

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Retail Roundup: Packing House Opening Set, Cupcakes on Way

Orange County’s retail and restaurant landscape continues to reflect the focus on storefronts selling one-of-a-kind, artisan offerings.

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Element Skateboards Names Global GM

The parent of Element Skateboards has promoted from within for the job of global general manager at the Costa Mesa-based brand.

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Oakley on Google Glass Development, Design Team

Foothill Ranch-based eyewear maker Oakley Inc. will collaborate on the development and design of eyewear for Google Glass as part of a deal between its parent company and Google Inc.

Inside Oakley

How Shipping Containers, ‘Surf and Turf’ Work for Brand

It would be hard to match the design of Oakley Inc.’s eerie, fortress-like headquarters atop a hill in Foothill Ranch—a building that merits its One Icon address.