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El Pollo Loco Cuts Franchise Fees

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. in Costa Mesa will lower initial franchise fees and cut the royalty rates it charges franchisees to boost growth.

By Paul Hughes April 13, 2017 12:56 p.m. share »
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Brewer, Tasting Room Closes

Valiant Brewing Co. in Orange closed March 31.

By Paul Hughes April 13, 2017 12:10 p.m. share »
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Taco Bell Gets PETA Props

Taco Bell Corp.’s bean burritos will be the focal point of an upcoming campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

By Mediha DiMartino April 5, 2017 9:53 a.m. share »
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Volcom Exec Moves to RVCA

Kevin Meehan has left the role of Volcom Americas market president to join Billabong Group’s RVCA in Costa Mesa as global general manager.

By Mediha DiMartino April 4, 2017 3:43 p.m. share »
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OC Automakers’ March Sales Mixed

Two of the four largest Orange County-based automakers exceeded the national sales pace for new vehicles in March, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

By Mediha DiMartino April 3, 2017 2:35 p.m. share »
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ASICS Opens Boston Studio

ASICS America Corp. plans to open a product design studio in Boston, according to news reports.

By Mediha DiMartino March 29, 2017 8:46 a.m. share »
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El Pollo Loco Grows Texas Deal

El Pollo Loco said a Texas franchisee has agreed to nearly triple the number of units the local operator will open.

By Paul Hughes March 28, 2017 3:09 p.m. share »
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Puzder to Leave CKE

CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc. Chief Executive Andrew Puzder will step down from his post next month and be replaced by Jason Marker, who most recently led U.S. operations for KFC Corp.

By Paul Hughes March 22, 2017 8:58 a.m. share »
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Irvine Firm Buys in Munich

Advantage Smollan Ltd. in London—a holding company Irvine-based Advantage Solutions set up in 2015 with Smollan Group in Johannesburg—plans to acquire Combera Group GmbH in Munich on undisclosed terms.

By Mediha DiMartino March 20, 2017 1:04 p.m. share »
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Kelley Blue Book Expands Overseas

Kelley Blue Book in Irvine launched vehicle pricing and valuation website KBB.PT in Portugal that it plans to adapt to other international markets.

By Mediha DiMartino March 20, 2017 9:35 a.m. share »
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Restaurant Co. Buys 38 Wendy’s

Cotti Foods Corp. in Rancho Santa Margarita bought 38 Wendy’s International Inc. franchises in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, a news report said.

By Paul Hughes March 14, 2017 2:04 p.m. share »
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Tilly’s Report Mixed; Shares Down

Irvine-based Tilly’s Inc. beat Wall Street expectations on revenue and earnings for the January quarter, but its shares fell about 11% to $8.80 on a downbeat forecast for the current quarter.

By Mediha DiMartino March 13, 2017 2:38 p.m. share »
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El Pollo Loco’s Sather to Retire

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. president and Chief Executive Steve Sather plans to retire by year-end, the company said on Thursday.

By Paul Hughes March 10, 2017 9:46 a.m. share »
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New Corporate Name for Quiksilver

Quiksilver Inc. in Huntington Beach changed its corporate name to Boardriders Inc. today.

By Mediha DiMartino March 8, 2017 10:34 a.m. share »
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Del Taco Adds in Fla., Ga.

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. in Lake Forest said franchisees would open 10 restaurants in West Palm Beach County, Fla., a new market for the fast food chain, and six in Georgia, over the next several years.

By Paul Hughes March 7, 2017 2:22 p.m. share »