APPAREL / RETAIL

Niccol to Lead Chipotle

Brian Niccol will leave the top slot at Taco Bell to lead Chipotle Mexican Grill, effective March 5.

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Taco Bell Parent Puts $200M to Delivery

Yum Brands Inc. in Louisville, owner of Irvine-based Taco Bell, will buy 3% of GrubHub Inc. in Chicago for $200 million.

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Boardriders Names CEO

Leadership changes were announced on Tuesday for Huntington Beach-based Boardriders Inc. following the recent tragedy involving Chief Executive Pierre Agnes.

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Arbonne Sold to Paris Beauty Group

Arbonne International LLC in Irvine and a sister company, Nature’s Gate, will be bought by Groupe Rocher on undisclosed terms.

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AutoGravity Signs Nissan

Irvine-based fintech firm AutoGravity, which provides auto financing through smartphones, signed up another automaker: Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation (NMAC).

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OC Carmakers Up in January

Orange County automakers started the year on a positive note with the exception of Hyundai Motor America and its Genesis brand, which saw January sales decline for the month.

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Coffee Maker Gets Soda Support

KonaRed Corp. in San Clemente will work with L.A. Libations in El Segundo to expand its line of cold brew coffee and other products.

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Search for Missing Boardriders Chief Ends

The search for missing Boardriders Inc. Chief Executive Pierre Agnes -- a three-day scouring of the sea off the Atlantic Coast of France -- has ended, news reports say.

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Restaurant365 Raises Funding from Bessemer

Restaurant365 LLC, an Irvine-based developer of back-office software for restaurants, said it closed a $20 million Series A financing that includes a minority investment from Bessemer Venture Partners.

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Amazon Skips OC on Short-List

Orange County didn’t make the cut as a potential home to Amazon’s second headquarters, as the e-commerce giant announced its short list of potential locations for its massive HQ2 project.

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Boot Barn Majority Owner Cuts Stake

Funds of Freeman Spogli & Co. that control Boot Barn Holdings Inc. in Irvine plan to sell about 40% of their stake, which would end their majority ownership of the western wear retailer, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Chronic to Open in Japan

Chronic Tacos’ first location in Japan opens in March under a deal it signed with a franchisee last fall.

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H&M Heads Spectrum Center Expansion

A two-story, flagship H&M clothing store is the largest of the new slate of tenants coming this summer to a new phase of the Irvine Spectrum Center.

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Habit Speeds Up

Habit Restaurants Inc. in Irvine said half its openings this year and most in 2019 will include drive-thru options for time-strapped customers.

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Mazda and Toyota to Build $1.6B ‘Bama Plant

Irvine-based Mazda Motor of America Inc. said it planned to open a $1.6 billion manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Ala., in a joint-venture with Toyota Motor Corp.

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