Orange County Business Journal

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OC Auto Sales Up in May

Orange County auto dealers sold 14,596 vehicles in May, a 10.7% increase from the same period last year, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

Anna’s Linens Files for Bankruptcy

Anna’s Linens Inc. in Costa Mesa filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on June 14 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.

Mazda Takes Side Trip to E3 in Pursuit of Millennials

AUTOMOTIVE: Showcases Miata in contest, simulated drive

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations rolled into the Electronic Entertainment Expo last week for the first time in the event’s 20-year history, a cherry red Miata in tow.

BMW Pops Up Once Again at South Coast Plaza

Shoppers Referred to Area Dealerships for Purchases

Pop-up shops are not just for pearls and purses—BMW is back at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa after a successful debut last year.

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OC Auto Sales Up in May

Orange County auto dealers sold 14,596 vehicles in May, an 10.7% increase from the same period last year, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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Ad Agency Spinoff Gets $2.15 Million

Founders of the Column Five Inc. ad agency said they have secured $2.15 million in seed money to grow their side endeavor, Visage Inc. in Irvine.

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Anna’s Linens Files for Chapter 11

Anna’s Linens Inc. in Costa Mesa filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on June 14 with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.

Sears Store Doesn’t Make Cut on LH Mall Makeover

RETAIL: Latest plans call for apartments on retailer’s old space

The old Sears store at Laguna Hills Mall will be razed to make way for the property’s transformation into Five Lagunas, an open-air center with apartments alongside retail, dining and entertainment venues.

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Socks in NBA Lineup, Underwear Aims for Holidays

Who knew socks could be hip?

Taco Bell Charity Leverages Chain’s Marketing Voice

Ad Agency Helps Teen Foundation Pro Bono

The Taco Bell Foundation cashed in on the social media influence of Irvine-based sponsor Taco Bell Corp. to launch its first marketing campaign—Recognize Potential.

Incipio Buys iPad Keyboard Case Maker

Incipio Technologies Inc. in Irvine acquired ClamCase LLC, a Michigan-based designer and manufacturer of keyboard cases for the iPad family of tablets, on undisclosed terms.

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Advantage Buy Expands Global Reach

Advantage Sales and Marketing LLC said it has made an investment in Smollan Group in Johannesburg, South Africa, on undisclosed terms.

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Quiksilver Down on Quarterly

Shares of Quiksilver Inc. fell 38% to 77 cents and a market value of $131 million Tuesday, after it reported a dip in revenue for the second quarter and pulled guidance for the rest of fiscal 2015.

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Incipio Adds Tablet Keyboard Case Maker

Incipio Technologies Inc. in Irvine has acquired ClamCase LLC, a Michigan-based designer and manufacturer of keyboard cases for the iPad family of tablets.

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Anna’s Linens Said to be Near BK

Costa Mesa-based Anna’s Linens Inc. is preparing to file for bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Advantage Buy Starts Digital Division

MARKETING: One-time vendor now basis of push on big data

Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC in Irvine got started on plans for a digital technology division with the acquisition of Bentonville, Ark.-based Atlas Technology Group Inc. on undisclosed terms.

Register, Others Look to Fill PennySaver Void

MEDIA: Former workforce, advertisers up for grabs

Competitors are extending welcome mats to clients once loyal to PennySaver USA LLC and its former sales staff, as the free Brea-based weekly ad publication wraps up its fate in bankruptcy court.

Apparel Maker Bought by Korean Firm

Fountain Valley-based skate apparel and footwear maker One Distribution was acquired by K-Swiss Global Brands on undisclosed terms.

Volcom Goes For Rocker-Inspired Women’s Line

Pieces Conceived With Singer’s Wardrobe in Mind

Volcom Inc. in Costa Mesa has turned to the singer of indie rock band Grouplove to design its latest women’s collection.

Quiksilver Director Out, Cites Exclusion

A director of Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc. resigned from the apparel maker and retailer’s board, contending she was excluded from the body’s decision making.

Kia's Online Hola!

Automaker Hopes to Ride Telemundo’s Web Series to Sales Boost

Some 20% of new vehicles in the U.S. are sold to Latino-Americans, and Kia Motors America Inc. wants to be a household name in the fast-growing segment of the car market.

Boot Barn to Acquire Kansas Retailer

Boot Barn Holdings Inc. announced an agreement to buy western apparel and footwear retailer Sheplers Inc. for $147 million.

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Report Puts Too Faced Sale at $500M

General Atlantic in New York said it acquired a majority stake in Irvine-based Too Faced Cosmetics from Weston Presidio for an undisclosed amount.

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Quiksilver Director Cites Freeze-Out in Resignation

A director of Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc. has resigned from the apparel maker and retailer’s board, contending she was excluded from the body’s decision making.

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Ups, Downs on May Sales for OC Auto Brands

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

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K-Swiss Buys FV-Based Brands

Fountain Valley-based skate apparel and footwear maker One Distribution has been acquired by K-Swiss Global Brands on undisclosed terms.

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K-Swiss Buys FV-Based Brands

Fountain Valley-based skate apparel and footwear maker One Distribution has been acquired by K-Swiss Global Brands on undisclosed terms.

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Boot Barn to Buy Kansas Retailer

Shares of Boot Barn Holdings Inc. in Irvine rose 10.6% to $27 and a market value of $695 million after it announced an agreement to buy western apparel and footwear retailer Sheplers Inc. for $147 million.

Military-Industrial Progress

Apparel Brand Finds Stuff for Special Forces, First Responders Works for Blue-Collar Guys

David Unter is a numbers man, and the opportunity to join 5.11 Tactical in Irvine as chief financial officer late last year added up on paper.

SwimSpot Gets Permanent Place in Raj Manufacturing’s Roster

RETAIL: Grows from online, pop-ups to brick-and-mortar

SwimSpot Holdings started out five years ago as the retail arm of Tustin-based Raj Manufacturing LLC.

Behr’s New Agency Gets ‘Emotional’ With DIYers

New Ads Target Painters and Their Muses

Paint maker Behr Process Corp. in Santa Ana is counting on a new marketing campaign to help it establish an “emotional connection” with consumers.

Restaurant Chain Sponsors Indy Driver

Wienerschnitzel said it would sponsor race car driver J.R. Hildebrand in the Indianapolis 500.

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Simon to Give Firebrand to Employees

Allan Simon plans to transfer ownership of Firebrand Media LLC to 10 of his longtime employees, according to the Laguna Beach Independent, the company’s flagship publication.

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Boot Barn Up on Sales, Earnings

Boot Barn Holdings Inc. reported increases in revenue and earnings for the fourth quarter and full fiscal 2015, sending its shares up more than 6% to a market value of about $620 million in trading Friday.

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PacSun Shares Down on Q1 Numbers

Shares of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. were down about 11% in Friday trading to a $110 million market cap as the Anaheim-based apparel retailer reported lower-than-expected revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

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Tilly’s Shares Fall on Mixed Q1

Tilly’s Inc. beat Wall Street expectations on earnings but slipped on revenue in the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, and shares fell more than 23% in Thursday trading.

Restaurant Chain Sponsors Indy Driver

Wienerschnitzel said it would sponsor race car driver J.R. Hildebrand in the Indianapolis 500.

SwimSpot Gets Permanent Place in Raj Manufacturing’s Roster

RETAIL: Grows from online, pop-ups to brick-and-mortar

SwimSpot Holdings started out five years ago as the retail arm of Tustin-based Raj Manufacturing LLC. These days the subsidiary serves as the swimsuit maker’s eyes and ears, collecting data on customers’ preferences and shopping habits.

Behr’s New Agency Gets ‘Emotional’ With DIYers

New Ads Target Painters and Their Muses

Paint maker Behr Process Corp. in Santa Ana is counting on a new marketing campaign to help it establish an “emotional connection” with consumers.

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Autobytel Buys Competitor

Autobytel Inc. shares were up about 30% to a market value of $185 million after the Irvine-based automotive marketing company said it acquired Dealix Corp. from CDK Global Inc. in Hoffman Estates, Ill. for $25 million.

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Hot Dog Chain Sponsors Indy Racer

Wienerschnitzel said it will sponsor race car driver J.R. Hildebrand in Sunday's Indianapolis 500.

Vans’ Ad Push Aims to Broaden Millennial Base

MARKETING: Campaign set for back-to-school, holidays

Vans Inc.’s upcoming marketing campaign aims to highlight its array of footwear and apparel in an effort to grow the brand beyond its skate roots and appeal to a wider youth segment.

Printer Company Bought by Dallas Firm

Fontis Solutions in Irvine has been acquired by Dallas-based franchisor Safeguard Business Systems.

Theme Parks Get Online Boosts from Newspaper

Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Sites Register Offshoots

Thinking of a trip to Disneyland or Knott’s Berry Farm this summer?

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Ad Firm Takes Stake in OC Company

Dentsu Inc. said it acquired a 33% stake in Laguna Hills-based Athletes First LLC to help the athlete management agency expand its business in the U.S. and internationally.

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OC Auto Sales Up in April

Orange County auto dealers sold 14,888 vehicles in April, an 8.1% increase from the same period last year, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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Tesla to Open Buena Park Location

Tesla Motors Inc. plans to open a showroom and a service center in Buena Park this summer, its second in Orange County.

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Irvine Commercial Printer Sold

Fontis Solutions in Irvine has been acquired by Dallas-based franchisor Safeguard Business Systems.

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Irvine Commercial Printer Sold

Fontis Solutions in Irvine has been acquired by Dallas-based franchisor Safeguard Business Systems.

New Sanuk Ads Aim to Make It an ‘Always’ Brand

Company Builds on ‘Never Uncomfortable’ Campaign

Sanuk USA LLC launched a global marketing campaign last week, “Always…Sanuk,” aimed at “expanding the brand philosophy” to new consumers while “strengthening” its bond with core audiences.

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