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Craig Gets Barstow Outlet Center

Newport Beach-based retail developer Craig Realty Group acquired an outlet center in Barstow from Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. in Greensboro, N.C. for $106.7 million.

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Developer’s Santa Ana Restaurant Files BK

OM Restaurant Management LLC in Santa Ana filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday, Oct. 9.

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Asics Company Stores Close

Asics America Corp.’s Fashion Island retail store in Newport Beach is among 13 company stores that licensed operator Windsor Financial Group LLC closed this week following a contract dispute between the companies.

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Oaktree Set to Combine Quiksilver, Billabong

Oaktree Capital Management LP’s turnaround plan for Quiksilver Inc. calls for combining the Huntington Beach-based footwear and apparel company with Australia-based Billabong International Ltd., a “source close to the situation” told the New York Post.

OC-China Culture Club

Assimilation, Influence Hallmarks of Community Here

You won’t find a typical Chinatown in Orange County—no ethnic concentration with block after block of storefronts offering goods for new immigrants from the world’s most populous country or tourists anxious to brush up against an outpost of its culture.

Will Hyundai Add Truck to Lineup?

AUTOS: Fountain Valley HQ hopes for OK from South Korea

This week’s Orange County International Auto Show might mark the final appearance of the Hyundai Santa Cruz as a concept vehicle and raise the curtain on a new era for the brand’s Fountain Valley-based U.S. operations.

Name Game at Montage; Gillman Shows for Cove

Can’t blame anyone for doing a double take on the lineup for the Oct. 19-21 run of the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital conference at the Montage, where Apple CEO Tim Cook gets top billing and a star-studded undercard includes Tony Hsieh and Chris Cox.

Condos Now Proposed for Fashion Island Carwash

REAL ESTATE: 49 units would be latest for-sale project

Land in Newport Center that holds a carwash and that was once eyed for a boutique hotel now is being considered for a condominium project.

Hurley Founder Retires, Nike Vet in Spot

Hurley International LLC Chief Executive and Founder Bob Hurley is retiring, according to parent company Nike Inc.

Thomas Returns to Tilly’s As Chief Exec

Tilly’s Inc. in Irvine appointed Edmond Thomas, former chief executive of Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal LLC, president and chief executive, effective Monday.

Kia Sets Up for Touchdown With New Sorento Ads

Spots Take Advantage Of Biggest Primetime View

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine is promoting its 2016 Sorento crossover in a new marketing campaign that’s airing during “NBC Sunday Night Football” broadcasts.

Rare Commercial Deal in Pricey Corona del Mar

2-Building Office-Retail Space Nabs $734 PSF

A pair of office and retail buildings on East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar has traded hands at what’s been described as a record price for the area.

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Tilly’s Taps Ex-Wet Seal CEO

Tilly’s Inc. in Irvine has appointed Edmond Thomas, former chief executive of Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal LLC, its president and chief executive, effective Oct. 12.

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Hurley Founder to Retire

Hurley International LLC Chief Executive and Founder Bob Hurley is retiring from the company, according to parent company Nike Inc.

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Taco Bell Sales Up in Quarter

Taco Bell Corp.’s sales rose 7% in its most recent quarter, leading the way for parent Yum Brands Inc.’s fast food chains and outpacing Yum's overall results.