AutoGravity Targets Foreign Students

Irvine’s AutoGravity said it will work with Westbon Inc., which runs a lending platform for international students in the U.S.

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Simon Will Re-Do Brea Mall Sears

Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. plans to redevelop the vacant Sears store at Brea Mall.

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Karma Company Store Fits Right in on Tony Mile

AUTOMOTIVE: Gets traffic from nearby dealers

Karma Automotive LLC’s landing in Newport Beach was a good one—so good it’s in the process of doubling its presence there.

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Laguna Jewelry Maker Gorjana Goes Boldly into Retailing

RETAIL: Couple rolling out branded stores on both coasts

Jason Griffin and Gorjana Reidel spent 12 years charming major retailers such as Nordstrom Inc. and Bloomingdale’s with their delicate jewelry line when two years ago they took on a new challenge—real estate and branded stores.

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Boot Barn Follows Up-and-Down Trickle of Oil

Stock Triples; Shows How to Bust Amazon

Boot Barn Inc.’s share price has a history of riding the price of oil like one of the bronco-riding cowboys at the annual rodeo it sponsors.

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Cryoport Soared to Best-Performing Stock of Bunch

FINANCE: Netlist was worst performer in TTM

Now the envelopes for the five best- and five worst-performing stocks during the year ended March 29:

Kia COO Exits

Kia Motors America Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Michael Sprague will leave his post, effective April 17.

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Nekter to Add Two States

Nekter Juice Bar Inc. in Santa Ana will open franchised locations in Ohio and Minnesota this summer, new markets for the healthful food and juice bar chain.

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Mitsubishi COO Retires

Don Swearingen, Mitsubishi Motors North America executive vice president and chief operating officer, announced his retirement on Monday.

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SeneGence Gets CTO

Gregg Beall was named chief technology officer, a newly created role, of Foothills Ranch-based skincare and cosmetics company SeneGence International on Monday.

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Unemployment Falls to 3.1%

Orange County’s unadjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.1% in February, compared with a revised 3.2% in January but well below the 3.8% reported a year earlier, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.

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Del Taco Operator to Triple Michigan Sites

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. in Lake Forest said franchisee Team Schostak Family Restaurants will open 12 locations in the Detroit market; it currently runs five in Michigan, with a sixth in development.

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Screen Printer to Close, Sell 100,000 SF in Brea

Absolute Screenprint Inc. in Brea will lay off 170 people effective March 31, a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filed with the California Economic Development Dept. said, and its 100,000 square foot building is on the market for $16.3 million.

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El Pollo Loco Opens in Cajun Country

El Pollo Loco (Nasdaq: LOCO) opened a restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana, a new market and the first of a two-location franchise deal with Listo Way LLC.

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Candy Man Wants Crack At Toys

Ellia Kassoff, candy maker to legacy cookie and candy lovers, said on LinkedIn that in the wake of the Toys ‘R’ Us demise, he’ll resurrect decade-dead brand KB Toys.

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