APPAREL / RETAIL

Pizza Franchise Developer Ready

Mountain Mike’s Pizza LLC in Newport Beach said Robofran Development LLC expects to sell 40 franchises over the next 10 years as an area developer in Riverside and parts of San Bernardino Counties.

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Chicken Franchise Adds 3 in OC

City of Industry-based Yang Ming Yu Braised Chicken USA Group plans three franchised locations of Yang’s Braised Chicken Rice in OC, following its first store in the U.S., a corporate location that opened in Tustin in September.

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Taco Bell Goes Big Overseas

Taco Bell Corp. in Irvine signed current franchisees in Spain and Brazil to add 40 locations a year between the two countries over the next decade.

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AutoGravity Names New CEO, CTO

AutoGravity named a new chief executive and chief technology officer to replace two award-winning executives who unexpectedly departed the fast-growing Irvine fintech in the past two months.

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AutoGravity’s Co-Founder Departs as CEO

Andy Hinrichs in May departed as chief executive of AutoGravity, an award-winning fintech company he co-founded in 2016, the Business Journal has learned.

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Taco Bell Heats Up Down Under

A franchiser of fast food restaurants has said Australia looks good for more Taco Bell locations—in some cases possibly replacing Sizzler locations it operates there.

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Mitsubishi Names CIO, VP

Cypress-based automaker Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. promoted Natalie Milton to vice president and chief information officer.

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Manhattan Beachwear Adds BCBG

Cypress-based swimwear manufacturer Manhattan Beachwear Inc. said Monday it will design and distribute women’s swimwear for Vernon-based fashion label BCBGMaxAzria and its BCBGeneration line.

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Wells Fargo to Shut 2 Irvine Auto Offices

Wells Fargo & Co. is closing two auto financing offices in the Irvine Spectrum, resulting in 67 employees to date leaving the firm.

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PacSun Names President

Alfred Chang was promoted to president of Anaheim-based retailer Pacific Sunwear on Wednesday.

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Hyundai, Kia Reorganize US Ops

A shakeup has happened in the North American offices of South Korean automakers Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motor Corp.

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ChromaDex Appoints CMO

ChromaDex Corp. (Nasdaq: CDXC) named Lisa Bratkovich chief marketing officer, effective June 4.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was unchanged in midday trading at 2,746.89.

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May Auto Sales Up

Nearly all of Orange County’s automakers reported an uptick in sales for May while year-to-date sales remain mixed.

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Brandman to Educate Walmart Workers

Walmart employees will be able to attend Irvine-based Brandman University for $1 a day as part of a new program the retail giant said on Wednesday.

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