Orange County Business Journal

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Midmarket Movers

73 Companies Combine for $2.2 Billion in Revenue

The 73 fastest-growing private companies in Orange County with revenues between $10 million and $100 million collectively grew their combined top line by 76.1% over the past two years to $2.2 billion.

Double Time

Companies Under $10M Mark on Revenue Combine for 100% Jump

The fastest-growing companies in Orange County with revenues of less than $10 million combined to nearly double their sales over the past two years to $399 million.

New Types on Tap for Johnny Rockets

RESTAURANTS: Plans push beyond standard restaurants

Johnny Rockets wants to grow its number of U.S. restaurants by tapping new dining trends while maintaining its Americana-themed brand.

Asia Software Deal Opens Lens on Ubiquity Strategy

TECHNOLOGY: First big development for company

A recent software distribution deal struck by an Irvine-based company with barely any sales provides some insight on its $560 million market value.

Chinese Investor Buys Fullerton Center

A Chinese real estate investor bought the 163,514-square-foot Amerige Heights Town Center in Fullerton.

New Hyundai Voice Paul Rudd In, Jeff Bridges Out

Company Wanted Name Known By Young Buyers

Hyundai Motor America has replaced actor Jeff Bridges with Paul Rudd as the new voice for its national advertising campaigns.

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China-Based Athletic Brand Picks Irvine for U.S. Headquarters

361 Degrees International Ltd., which bills itself as second-largest athletic brand in China, has chosen Irvine for its North American headquarters.

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Autobytel Increases Share Buyback Plan

Autobytel Inc.’s board of directors has approved an additional $1 million common stock repurchase program, increasing the total planned amount to $3 million.

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Johnny Rockets Launches Smaller Sites

Aliso Viejo-based Johnny Rockets Inc. said it would develop several types of smaller restaurants and work with an outside company to develop some of them, according to reports.

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Fullerton Shopping Center Sells for $48.5M

A Chinese real estate investor has bought Amerige Heights Town Center, a 163,514-square-foot retail center in Fullerton.

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RSM Smoothie Seller Plans 58 Locations

Bowl of Heaven plans to add 58 new franchised locations in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Las Vegas, the company said.

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Wet Seal Shares Fall on Q2 Loss

Shares of the Wet Seal Inc. tumbled 11% to 60 cents and a market value of $51.2 million in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the teen and contemporary retail chain reported a bigger-than-expected second quarter loss.

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J.Jill to Open in South County

J.Jill Group Inc. is set to open a store at the Shops at Mission Viejo this winter.

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OC Auto Brands Post Strong August Sales

Orange County-based auto brands met or exceeded national new vehicles sales figures in August.