Orange County Business Journal

APPAREL / RETAIL

Recent and archived news stories on: Action Sports, Autos, Clothing, Cosmetics, Malls, Online Shopping, Stores/Retailers, Surf/Sportswear...
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Slapfish Plans 50 Sites

Slapfish LLC plans franchised locations in six states.

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Incipio Bids $177M for Skullcandy

Incipio LLC, an Irvine-based maker of cell phone cases and other mobile device accessories, has bid $177M for Skullcandy Inc.

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Pieology Buys Competitor

Rancho Santa Margarita-based Pieology Pizzeria bought competitor Carlsbad-based Project Pie.

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Karma Fills New Exec Post

Karma Automotive LLC, the Costa Mesa-based manufacturer of luxury electric hybrid plug-in vehicles, hired Dennis Dougherty as president and chief operations officer, a new position.

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SurfStitch Trims in Irvine

Australia-based SurfStitch Group Ltd. said it plans to eliminate 40 positions at Irvine-based subsidiary SurfStitch USA Inc.

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PacSun BK Auction Canceled

The bankruptcy auction for assets of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. in Anaheim has been canceled, with San Francisco-based private equity firm Golden Gate Capital now set to acquire all of the retailer’s assets.

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El Pollo Loco Signs Tucson Franchisee

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. signed PLM Restaurants LC in Ogden, Utah to open six new sites in Tucson, Ariz., by August 2019, and to buy the chain’s two existing company-owned sites there.

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Johnny Rockets Gets 1st Drive-Thru

Lake Forest-based restaurant chain Johnny Rockets Group Inc. opened its first-ever drive-thru, a franchised location in North Carolina.

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NBA Deal for FV Gear Maker

Fountain Valley-based United Sports Brands’ Shock Doctor has been named the official mouthguard of the National Basketball Association, Women’s National Basketball Association, NBA Development League and USA Basketball.

Master Plan Morphs; Christ Cathedral Draws; Blanning’s CROC

Early take on Dan Young’s decision to step away from the Irvine Company: Donald Bren’s master plan continues to morph into something that increasingly looks like more of an operating company than a developer.

Cosmetics Maker Stretches to New Zealand

Arbonne International LLC in Irvine said it expanded its skincare, cosmetics and nutrition business to New Zealand as “a natural extension of our growth and success with Arbonne Australia,” Chief Executive Kay Zanotti said in a statement.

Volcom’s New Ambassador Pick Stirs Brand’s Fans

Mick Jagger’s Daughter Considered Weak Choice

Volcom LLC, looking to shed its surf-only brand image, hired Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall to be the Costa Mesa-based footwear and apparel manufacturer’s new global brand ambassador.

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Arbonne Stretches to New Zealand

Arbonne International LLC in Irvine said it expanded its skincare, cosmetics and nutrition business into New Zealand.

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Automaker’s Research Indicates NBA Ties Lift Brand

Kia Motors America Inc. is playing some impressive moves on the sponsorship court.

Stance Socks Get Spot in MLB Lineup

San Clemente-based Stance Inc. now provides the official Major League Baseball sock.