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Nekter Expands to 3 New States

Nekter Juice Bar Inc. in Santa Ana has signed multi-unit franchise agreements to bring the food-and-smoothie chain into Utah, Washington and Florida—all new states for the chain.

By Paul Hughes January 31, 2017 5:16 p.m. share »
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Boot Barn Misses on Revenue

Boot Barn Holdings Inc. reported mixed results for its December quarter, meeting Wall Street expectations on earnings but delivering below forecasts on revenue.

By Mediha DiMartino January 31, 2017 2:34 p.m. share »
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Post-Recession Car Sales Boom Winds Down

Sales of new vehicles at Orange County auto dealers plateaued at 191,910 last year after notching considerable gains for the previous six years, according to the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

By Mediha DiMartino January 31, 2017 12:50 p.m. share »
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Surfing Magazine Shut Down

TEN, short for The Enthusiast Network, has shut down Surfing Magazine to focus on its other surf publication, Surfer, according to news reports.

By Deirdre Newman January 26, 2017 4:36 p.m. share »
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Executive Changes at Mazda

Mazda North American Operations has set the stage for a new generation of executives to join its senior management in Irvine.

By Mediha DiMartino January 26, 2017 10:37 a.m. share »
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Retailer to Cut 148 Jobs

Irvine-based Wet Seal notified the state Employment Development Department that it plans to lay off 148 local workers by March 21. It listed a permanent closure as the reason.

By Mediha DiMartino January 26, 2017 9:30 a.m. share »
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Swimwear Maker CEO Dies

Susan Crank, chief executive of Lunada Bay Corp. in Anaheim, died on Jan. 23 after a battle with cancer.

By Mediha DiMartino January 25, 2017 5:59 p.m. share »
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Reports: Wet Seal Exploring Sale

Wet Seal LLC is exploring liquidation or a sale, according to news reports.

By Mediha DiMartino January 19, 2017 4:22 p.m. share »
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Hyundai Plans ‘Instant Replay’ Super Bowl Ad

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc.’s return to the Super Bowl will include a 90-second documentary filmed during the game that will air right after the final whistle.

By Mediha DiMartino January 18, 2017 12:16 p.m. share »
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New VP for Irvine Co. Golf

Irvine Company Resort Properties in Newport Beach named Dirk Willis its vice president and general manager of golf to replace the departing Stephen Friedlander.

By Paul Hughes January 18, 2017 11:36 a.m. share »
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First COO for Incipio

Irvine-based Incipio Group promoted Ann Fong to chief operating officer, a new position.

By Mediha DiMartino January 16, 2017 3:06 p.m. share »
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Oakley Parent Sets $49B Merger

Oakley Inc.’s Italy-based parent, Luxottica Group SPA, plans to combine operations with Essilor International S.A. in France, pending regulatory and shareholder approval.

By Mediha DiMartino January 16, 2017 10:04 a.m. share »
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New Operator for GG Knitting Mill

Broncs Inc. in Compton has reached an initial deal with American Apparel LLC to take over the lease for its textile facility in Garden Grove, according to news reports.

By Mediha DiMartino January 12, 2017 6:13 p.m. share »
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Nordstrom Out at MainPlace

Nordstrom Inc. in Seattle said it plans to close its department store at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana in March. The closure will affect about 195 employees.

By Mediha DiMartino January 12, 2017 11 a.m. share »
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RIP, South Coast Plaza’s Escher

Werner Escher, South Coast Plaza’s executive director of domestic and international markets has died after a battle with cancer.

By Mediha DiMartino January 9, 2017 6:26 p.m. share »