APPAREL / RETAIL

Cookware Manufacturer Sold

Connerton Company Inc., a Santa Ana-based manufacturer of cooking equipment for the foodservice industry, was bought by Genkraft Technologies of Long Beach on undisclosed terms.

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Acorn Cracks WSJ Top 25

Irvine’s Acorn Grows Inc. ranked No. 22 on the Wall Street Journal’s list of “Top 25 Tech Companies to Watch.”

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Ticketing Division Sold

Comcast Spectacor, part of Comcast Corp., sold Irvine-based division Spectra’s Ticketing & Fan Engagement to college sports marketer Learfield Communications LLC in Plano, Texas, on undisclosed terms.

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Del Taco Gets New CEO

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. in Lake Forest named John Cappasola Jr. chief executive to succeed Paul Murphy, effective July 7.

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In-N-Out, Habit in Data Dive

A report on fast-casual hamburger chains from 1010data Inc. in New York showed two OC-based operators grinding out a solid middle ground compared with several similar chains.

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Boot Barn Misses on Q4

Shares of Boot Barn Holdings Inc. were down 15% to $6.30 during Friday morning trading after the company reported revenue and adjusted profits for the April quarter that missed the Wall Street expectations.

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5 Fast-Growing Chains Hit List

Five OC-based restaurant chains and two of the companies’ chief executives made the 2017 Fast Casual Top 100 list for fast-growing food offerings.

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May Auto Sales Mixed

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

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Big Plans at Taco Bell

Taco Bell Corp. again updated mid-range goals at its annual investor and analyst day this week with big plans for annual revenue, international expansion and unit totals.

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Tilly’s Up in Q1

Tilly’s Inc. reported sales that beat Wall Street expectations for the April quarter, sending its shares up 14% to a $279 million market cap in recent trading.

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E-tailer to Close Irvine Operation

Australian online retailer SurfStitch Group Ltd. said it will close its North American operations based in Irvine this year and shift its SWELL ecommerce business there to Australia.

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Brea Food Maker Names COO

Ventura Foods LLC promoted John Buckles to chief operating officer, a new position at the Brea-based maker of branded butter, margarine, mayonnaise, dressings and dips.

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Juice It Up Adds in Inland Empire

Juice It Up plans in June to open a new franchised location in San Bernardino County, purchased by a husband-and-wife team that also franchises three Wienerschnitzel locations in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

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Revero Hits the Road

The first batch of Karma Automotive LLC’s Revero luxury plug-in hybrid vehicles is on its way to 10 dealer showrooms in the U.S. and Canada.

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Yogurtland's Texas Two-Step

Yogurtland Franchising Inc. added two locations in Houston under separate owners.

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