Orange County Business Journal

APPAREL / RETAIL

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Downtown Santa Ana’s Next Act

Food Hall Latest Twist for East End

The developer who’s driving downtown Santa Ana’s makeover is doubling down on dining.

Retail Market Continues Slow Recovery

Retail sales continued to gradually improve in the second quarter, aiding the U.S. economy as local retail markets kept moving toward a full post-recession recovery.

Restaurant Chain Receives Funding

Irvine-based restaurant chain and franchisor LYFE Kitchen received a minority investment from Carlisle Corp. and will move to that company’s Memphis, Tenn., headquarters, according to news reports.

Wet Seal Sings ‘Fifth Harmony’ in New Campaign

Features Fashions Inspired By Girl Pop Music Group

Look for harmony in Wet Seal Inc.’s upcoming marketing campaign—Fifth Harmony, that is.

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Billabong Sells Swell.com

Australia-based Billabong International Ltd. said it plans to sell its surf apparel retailer Swell.com in Irvine to a consortium of investors in a spinoff that also includes a 51% sale of SurfStitch, its other e-commerce business.

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El Pollo Loco Signs for 20 Units in Texas

Costa Mesa-based grilled chicken chain El Pollo Loco Inc. has signed a multibrand operator to develop 20 franchised locations in Houston and San Antonio.

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Wet Seal Warned on Delisting

Wet Seal Inc. has until Feb. 17 to bring its stock at $1 per share or more for 10 consecutive days or face delisting by Nasdaq, the exchange warned in a letter to the Foothill Ranch-based retailer earlier this week.

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CSUF Trust Summit Names Honorees

Several local companies were honored for being the “best connected to their treasured customer base,” during the OC Trust Summit Thursday at California State University-Fullerton.

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LYFE Kitchen Investor Moving Company to Memphis

Irvine-based restaurant chain and franchisor LYFE Kitchen received a minority investment from Carlisle Corp. and will move to that company’s Memphis, Tenn. headquarters, according to reports.

Tasty Brews to Satisfy New Appetites

MANUFACTURING: Rising craft-beer sector part of US trend

Craft beer is briskly bubbling toward the surface of Orange County’s economy as a small but growing sector catering to increasing tastes for locally made food and beverages.

Surfwear Brand Makes Fresh Wave in Industry

APPAREL: Sector vet’s startup ‘deep set’ on making its name

Depactus debuted last month at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, and it appears the San Clemente-based brand focused on young male adventurers has carved a spot for itself in the local surf apparel industry.

Ice Cream Shops Plan to Franchise

RESTAURANTS: Farrell’s, Creamistry proceed separately

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants’ parent, Lake Forest-based Parlour Enterprises Inc., and Irvine-based Creamistry separately said they will begin franchising.

Software Maker to Apparel Companies Branches Out

TECHNOLOGY: For growth, adds ‘lite’ product for startups

Innovative Systems LLC grew up with local brands such as Volcom Inc. and Hurley, licensing software to help manage inventory, accounting, warehousing, merchandising and other aspects of the companies’ apparel business.

Phone Case Maker Nets Kate Spade Deal

Incipio Technologies Inc. signed a licensing agreement with fashion designer Kate Spade & Co. in New York.

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Irvine Watchmaker Partners With Guess

Martian Watches, an Irvine-based maker of “smart” watches, has partnered with Guess? Inc. in Los Angeles to develop “interactive, voice-command wrist accessories.”