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Swiss Money Manager Buys Taco Bell Franchisee

An investor in Switzerland has bought a majority stake in one of the largest franchisee groups for Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp.

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Hyundai Recalls 470,000 Sonatas

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley plans to recall about 470,000 Sonatas over a condition that might cause engines to stall, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Status Update on Irvine Company Retail

Fashion Island Sidles Up to South Coast Plaza; A+ for Irvine Spectrum

The Irvine Company’s efforts to ensure its retail properties remain relevant to today’s click-happy shoppers have gotten noticed—and not only by the locals who descend en masse to the Irvine Spectrum Center on weekends or the well-heeled tourists flocking to Fashion Island.

Inexperience as Edge

5.11 Tactical Cofounder Lends Ear, Designs to First Responders

Francisco Morales, cofounder of the specialty clothing and gear manufacturer 5.11 Tactical in Irvine, credits his success as an innovator to two seemingly disparate attributes—technical capability and inexperience.

New Chefs, Enriched Eateries Offer Fresh Opportunities

Bistro Comes Into Its Own, Plus OC’s Best Indian Food

I mentioned two months ago that Little Sparrow in downtown Santa Ana had parted ways with its chef.

Albertsons Plans Chilly Expansion in Irvine Spectrum

Distribution Center Project Could Start in November

The Irvine Spectrum’s industrial market is about to get a little cooler, and a creative-office redevelopment isn’t the cause this time around.

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New Boss for Aston Martin in Irvine

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., a British automaker that has its Americas region headquarters in Irvine, hired Laura Schwab to run its operations here.

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OC-Based Automakers’ Sales Up

Two of the four Orange County-based automakers beat the national sales pace for new vehicles in September, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Del Taco Plans Central Calif. Push

Lake Forest-based Del Taco Restaurants Inc. said three franchisees will open 27 locations in central California. The company didn’t give a time frame for the expansion.

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Del Taco Board Member Buys Chicago Hot Dog Stand

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. board member Ari Levy and four investors bought the Wieners Circle hot dog stand in Chicago and are likely to expand the concept.

New Game Plan on Goodwill Distribution Center

RETAIL: Nonprofit gets room to do strategic merchandising

Goodwill of Orange County plans to reshape the merchandising and logistics behind its retail business with a move to a 154,040-square-foot distribution center in Tustin by year’s end.

LA-Based Retailer Gets Anna’s Name

MARKETING: Fallas-Paredes chain also picks up 41 leases

Scott Gladstone didn’t manage to hold on to Anna’s Linens Inc.’s name, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Santa Ana.

6 Honored at Business Journal’s Innovation Awards

About 415 people celebrated innovation and the people who create it at the Business Journal’s inaugural Innovator of the Year awards last week at the Hotel Irvine.

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Johnny Rockets Opens New Concept

Aliso Viejo-based Johnny Rockets Restaurant Group will open its first Johnny’s Burger Factory fast-casual location in Buffalo, N.Y. this week.

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Mazda Charity Gives $500K to Food Bank

The Mazda Foundation announced a $500,000 grant to Irvine-based Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.