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RETAIL: Focus on military members active in past 2 years
Orange-based franchiser Budget Blinds Inc. said it will waive a $75,000 franchise fee for qualified recent military veterans interested in starting their own window covering business.
RESTAURANTS: ‘Tap rooms’ in works at about 50 locations
ZPizza International Inc. said it will add 50 “tap rooms” at some of its current locations and all new restaurants expected in a franchising push that comes as the 28-year-old chain responds to competition from fast-casual and build-your-own competitors that have blossomed in recent years.
Nieuport 17 Opened in ’70, Changed After 2010 Sale
The word is out: Nieuport 17 in Tustin will close at the end of March after a 45-year run.
O’Brien Puts Irish Twist Into Chain’s Test Kitchen
Late-night TV host Conan O’Brien was on a quest to make his IT guru Chris Hayes’ dreams come true with a visit to Taco Bell Corp.’s test kitchen, but he probably did the same for the Irvine-based fast-food chain’s marketing manager, Katie Gardiner.
Win-Dor Site Once Eyed For 20-Story Office Tower
Golden Road Brewing, a growing craft beer maker based in Los Angeles, has snapped up an industrial building across the street from Angel Stadium for its first Orange County location.
Newport Beach-based private equity firm Solis Capital Partners has acquired an equity stake in Santa Ana-based ML Kishigo Manufacturing Co.
Irvine-based American Restaurant Holdings Inc. said an affiliate bought Colonia, N.J.-based Muscle Maker Grill.
Auto sales rose 6.8% in Orange County last year, and are expected to increase 4.1% this year, according to the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.
Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. has recalled 86,880 of its Forte sedans due to an increased risk of fire, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
AUTOS: Chinese billionaire vows to restart stalled luxury hybrid brand
About 140 employees at Fisker Automotive and Technologies Group LLC are packed in a conference room to meet the man behind the automaker’s comeback bid.
REAL ESATE: Too Faced adds space amid reports of sale
Too Faced Cosmetics LLC, an Irvine-based cosmetics company that’s said to be considering a sale, has inked a lease for a much larger headquarters in its hometown.
FINANCE: NB-based firm busy with small-stake strategy
Newport Beach-based investment firm Kodiak Capital Group LLC is off to a busy start this year with several deals on the books and plans to consolidate its East Coast operations in Orange County in coming months.
Lake Forest-based Del Taco LLC said it will begin franchising in New Jersey, its first restaurants in the Northeast.
Smartphone Case Maker Bets on ‘Extra Time’
Two Orange County-based advertisers are coughing up $4.4 million each for a 30-second Super Bowl 2015 spot—one a veteran of the big game and another making its first appearance.
Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. has been mentioned as a possible takeover target after news reports that a Philippines-based restaurant company is shopping for a U.S.-based regional fast food chain worth at least $1 billion.