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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.

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.

Intelligent Reinvention

Husband-and-Wife Team Lead $40 Million Juice & Food Chain

Seeing Steve and Alexis Schulze at the podium at a Business Journal event is like NFL great Jim Brown arriving in the end zone—seems like they’ve been there before.

Agency Ups Role in Client Work With Startup Stakes

Gets Equity Share In Exchange for Services

Irvine-based agency INK is taking an active role in its startup clients. It launched an “equity based model for agency-client relationships” that enables it to acquire a stake in promising enterprises.

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OC Adds Jobs, Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 4%

Orange County added 12,800 jobs in February to maintain a 4% unemployment rate, even with the recently revised rate for the month prior.

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Volcom Sheds Eyewear Subsidiary

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. has sold Electric Visuals in San Clemente to the eyewear subsidiary’s chief executive, Eric Crane.

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Tilly’s Forecasts Q1 Loss

Shares in Irvine-based Tilly’s Inc. dropped about 15% to a market cap of $193 million after the action-sports apparel retailer said it would lose $2 million to $4 million in its current quarter, the first of the company's fiscal year 2016.

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Taco Bell to Open First Store in China

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. is planning to open its first store in Shanghai, China by the end of the year.