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Signs of Fresh Start for Fisker

AUTOS: Company circles April 20 amid buzz about new name, model

It appears April 20 will mark another milestone in the tumultuous run of the Fisker brand.

How to Unchain Your Dragon

Apparel Maker’s Ambitions Tied to Costa Mesa HQ, China Production

Dragon Crowd Garment Inc. relocated its headquarters three years ago from downtown Los Angeles to Costa Mesa to be closer to a bunch of OC-based customers, including Oakley Inc., Vans Inc., Quiksilver Inc. and Pacific Sunwear of California Inc.

Aitken on Angels; Segerstom Memorial; OC-China Update

Anyone who doubts Wylie Aitken’s will probably hasn’t seen him in a court of law.

Irvine Firm Buys 35 Pilates Studios

Irvine-based LAG Fit Inc. acquired Club Pilates, a franchised chain of 35 Pilates studios in the U.S. and Australia.

New Executives at Top for Kia Motors

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine named Jang Won Sohn president and chief executive to replace Byung Mo Ahn, who will become a company adviser.

Bella Terra Gets New Ownership

Prudential Real Estate Investors said it acquired a 75% stake in the Bella Terra Shopping Center in Huntington Beach.

Autobytel Brings ‘Digital Concierge’ to Scion Website

Has Stake in Firm That Developed Technology

Online car shopping does not have to be a solitary experience, according to folks at Autobytel Inc.

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Irvine Firm Buys 35 Pilates Studios

Irvine-based LAG Fit Inc. has acquired a franchised chain of 35 pilates studios in the U.S. and Australia from a competitor in Del Mar.

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New Execs for Kia

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine has named Jang Won Sohn president and chief executive to replace Byung Mo Ahn, who will become a company advisor.

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Habit Sets $175M Share Sale

Irvine-based Habit Restaurants Inc. said it would offer up to 5.75 million shares of its Class A common stock owned by various stockholders, including some officers and directors, for sale beginning April 10 and expected to close April 15.

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Bella Terra Gets New Ownership

Prudential Real Estate Investors said it has acquired a 75% stake in Huntington Beach's Bella Terra Shopping Center.

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Johnny Rockets Plans 100 Units in China

Aliso Viejo-based Johnny Rockets has signed a deal to franchise 100 restaurants in China over the next 10 years, with the first set to open next year in either Shanghai or Beijing.

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U.K. Investor Puts $14.8M in Habit

Irvine-based Habit Restaurants Inc. said in a regulatory filing March 24 that Boston-based Numeric Investors LLC, an affiliate of London-based Man Group Plc, bought about 477,000 shares of the burger chain’s Class A common stock.

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Partner Ups Stake in Buena Park Place

Coventry Real Estate Advisors has transferred its majority ownership share of Buena Park Place to DDR Corp. in Beachwood, Ohio, its former joint venture partner.

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Most OC-Based Auto Brands Beat National Sales Pace in March

All but one Orange County-based automaker beat the relatively flat national sales pace for new vehicles in March, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.