Orange County Business Journal


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Yard House Sales Up 3.7%

Irvine-based Yard House saw quarterly same-store sales increase by 3.7% year-over-year according to the most recent report from its parent company, Darden Restaurants Inc., in Orlando, Fla.

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Mitsubishi Recalls SUVs

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. is voluntarily recalling 54,779 Outlander Sport vehicles due to seat belt issues, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Juice It Up Taps VP for Growth

The parent company of Irvine-based Juice It Up said it hired Laina Sullivan as its first vice president of business development, with duties to include franchising, site selection and lease negotiation.

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Logomark Complements Private-Label Lineup With Watch Brand Worn by President Obama

There’s a good chance the pen you used to sign that last document was made by Logomark Inc.

2014 in Review: Big Deals, Doings

My, how you’ve grown. What else to say about Orange County’s business landscape over the past year?

Brand Consultant Celebrates 3 Decades With Book

Images in Tome Are A Retrospective on Its Work

InterCommunications Inc., a brand consulting company that specializes in the real estate and hospitality industries, recently published a coffee table book, “Imaging Places”—a 288-page portfolio of projects the Newport Beach firm has taken on over its 30 years in business.

Fisker Automotive Works on New Grand Plans

Costa Mesa Car Maker In Tests for Karma Relaunch

The deep pockets funding Costa Mesa-based Fisker Automotive and Technologies Group LLC’s revival have led the automaker to test several technologies and features as it prepares to relaunch its luxury hybrid Karma.

New Yorker’s OC Junket Puts Jannard in YouTube Picture

Much of this week’s issue is dedicated to a look back at 2014, which has proved to be a remarkable year in many respects for the community of business in Orange County (see overview, page 1; coverage by industry, pages 5 through 18).

2014 Year in Review: Hospitality

Our prediction of a healthy year for local hotels proved accurate. Our person to watch was Ralph Grippo, president of Irvine Company Resort Properties.

2014 Year in Review: Media & Marketing

Andrew Leisner, publisher of the Bonnier Motorcycle Group in Irvine, appeared on the Business Journal’s radar after a swap of six surf and skateboard publications for nine motorcycle titles from San Clemente-based TEN: Action/Outdoor Group.

2014 Year in Review: Retail

The Quiksilver Inc. boss continued to reshape the operations of the brand, which once again struggled despite its heritage as a pioneer of the surfwear sector.

2014 Year in Review: Restaurants

We said to keep an eye on Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. Chief Executive Greg Creed as he began overseeing the brand worldwide in January.

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El Pollo Loco Closes $200M Debt Deal

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. said today it closed on a new $200 million lending agreement that cuts its interest costs by about $7 million a year.

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Private Equity Firm Gets Fox Head

Private equity firm Altamont Capital Partners in Palo Alto said it acquired a majority stake in Fox Head Inc., in a deal estimated at more than $200 million.

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Quiksilver Up on Quarterly Numbers

Shares of Quiksilver Inc. rose about 30% to $1.92 and a market value of $330 million in early trading Friday, after it reported a narrower loss after markets closed yesterday.