Orange County Business Journal

BlizzCon Gets Sponsor in Windows 10

Windows 10 will sponsor this year’s Blizz-Con, according to Larry Hryb, director of programming for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Live.

Mitsubishi Lays Lancer Evolution to Rest With Honors

Cypress Carmaker to Sell Last Models to ‘Gearheads’

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc.’s Lancer Evolution—the performance version of its long-standing middle-market sedan—is going out in style.

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Kia Recalls Some Sorentos

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine is recalling 377,062 Sorentos CUVs, citing the potential to unintentionally shift out of park and roll away, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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OC Law Firm Files Class-Action Over Data Breach

Wylie Aitken of the Aitken Aitken and Cohn law firm in Santa Ana filed a class-action suit against Experian Holdings Inc. on behalf of 15 million consumers whose personal and financial information was stolen in a breach of T-Mobile USA Inc. data housed on an Experian server.

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Craig Gets Barstow Outlet Center

Newport Beach-based retail developer Craig Realty Group acquired an outlet center in Barstow from Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. in Greensboro, N.C. for $106.7 million.

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Emerald Buys 2 Conference Series

Emerald Expositions LLC in San Juan Capistrano said it acquired the How Design Live and How Interactive Design conference series from New York-based F+W Media Inc. for an undisclosed sum.

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Asics Company Stores Close

Asics America Corp.’s Fashion Island retail store in Newport Beach is among 13 company stores that licensed operator Windsor Financial Group LLC closed this week following a contract dispute between the companies.

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Oaktree Set to Combine Quiksilver, Billabong

Oaktree Capital Management LP’s turnaround plan for Quiksilver Inc. calls for combining the Huntington Beach-based footwear and apparel company with Australia-based Billabong International Ltd., a “source close to the situation” told the New York Post.

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Microsoft to Stream BlizzCon Opener

Windows 10 will sponsor this year’s BlizzCon, according to Larry Hryb, director of programming for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Live.

Hurley Founder Retires, Nike Vet in Spot

Hurley International LLC Chief Executive and Founder Bob Hurley is retiring, according to parent company Nike Inc.

Will Hyundai Add Truck to Lineup?

AUTOS: Fountain Valley HQ hopes for OK from South Korea

This week’s Orange County International Auto Show might mark the final appearance of the Hyundai Santa Cruz as a concept vehicle and raise the curtain on a new era for the brand’s Fountain Valley-based U.S. operations.

Kia Sets Up for Touchdown With New Sorento Ads

Spots Take Advantage Of Biggest Primetime View

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine is promoting its 2016 Sorento crossover in a new marketing campaign that’s airing during “NBC Sunday Night Football” broadcasts.

Thomas Returns to Tilly’s As Chief Exec

Tilly’s Inc. in Irvine appointed Edmond Thomas, former chief executive of Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal LLC, president and chief executive, effective Monday.

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Tilly’s Taps Ex-Wet Seal CEO

Tilly’s Inc. in Irvine has appointed Edmond Thomas, former chief executive of Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal LLC, its president and chief executive, effective Oct. 12.

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Hurley Founder to Retire

Hurley International LLC Chief Executive and Founder Bob Hurley is retiring from the company, according to parent company Nike Inc.

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Dana Point Firm Has 5% Stake in LA Times’ Parent

Dana Point-based hedge fund Mount Flag Media Investment LLC recently disclosed it has acquired a 5% stake in Chicago-based Tribune Publishing Co., according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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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.

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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.

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OC Weekly Moves to TechSpace

OC Weekly has moved its office to TechSpace Costa Mesa at 3420 Bristol Street, a shift of about two miles that came after its lease for a larger space on Red Hill Avenue expired.

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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.

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.

Asics Taps Bloggers to Run NYC Marathon in Its Shoes

Webisode Series to Chronicle Trials, Errors

Asics America Corp. has flipped the journalism adage, “Report the story, don’t become part of it,” on its head.

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Phone Applicants’ Info Stolen in Experian Theft

Experian PLC said one of its business units “experienced an unauthorized acquisition of information from a server” containing data related to client T-Mobile USA Inc. in Bellevue, Wash.

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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.

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.

Casanova Pendrill Calls for Traffic Safety Evolution

Agency Highlights Theme in Placements

Casanova Pendrill’s newest installment of pro bono work for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pays homage to the evolutionary illustration “March of Progress.”

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.

Hyundai’s New Marketing Play: Official NFL Sponsor

Campaign to Showcase Passion for Football, Cars

Hyundai Motor America Inc. kicked off the 96th season of the NFL with its own game-day marketing play as the official automotive sponsor.

McCarthy New Boss of Asics America

Asics America Corp. in Irvine has hired Gene McCarthy as its new chief executive to replace Kevin Wulff, who will retire at the end of the year.

Incipio Buys Apple Supplier in IE

Incipio Technologies Inc. in Irvine acquired Chino-based Incase Designs Corp., a maker of bags and accessories for Apple products, on undisclosed terms.

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New Boss for Asics America

Asics America Corp. in Irvine hired Gene McCarthy as its new chief executive, effective Oct. 1, to replace Kevin Wulff, who will retire at the end of the year.

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Incipio Buys Bag and Case Maker

Incipio Technologies Inc. in Irvine acquired Chino-based Incase Designs Corp., a maker of bags and accessories for Apple products, on undisclosed terms.

Anna’s Linens Subleases Some Stores

Costa Mesa-based Anna’s Linens Inc. subleased 16 of its stores to Party City Corp., which plans to set up Halloween pop-up shops, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Santa Ana.

Will BK Bring Global Split for Quiksilver?

APPAREL: Filing covers U.S.; Europe, Asia ‘remain strong’

Quiksilver Inc. could emerge from bankruptcy with separate ownership for its domestic and overseas operations.

PacLife’s Whale Swims in New Waters for Ad Series

Icon Teams With Dads To Represent Life’s Stages

Pacific Life Insurance Co.’s new commercials portray the brand’s icon—the humpback whale—in a bit of an unexpected way.

Software Firm Gets Return on Returns

Algorithms Fight Fraud, Draw Buyer With Public Safety Portfolio

Remember when they started asking for ID to return a shirt at your favorite store?

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Quiksilver to Shut Stores in Prime OC Locations

Quiksilver Inc. plans to close several stores in prime Orange County locations as part of a larger trim to operations that’s in the works, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

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Quiksilver Files for Bankruptcy

Quiksilver Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late Tuesday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to reorganize its U.S. operations. The company’s European and Asia-Pacific businesses “remain strong” and are not part of the filing.

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PacSun Misses on Revenue, Earnings

Shares of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. were down 43% in midday trading Wednesday, to 34 cents and a $24 million market cap, as the Anaheim-based action sports retailer reported lower-than-expected revenue and a higher-than-expected loss for its August quarter.

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L.A. Times Head Fired, Replaced

Austin Beutner was fired early Tuesday as publisher and chief executive of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, accordng to the Chicago Tribune, a sister publication that cited sources close to the matter.

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Anna’s Subleases 16 Stores to Party City

Costa Mesa-based Anna’s Linens Inc. subleased 16 of its stores to Party City Corp., which plans to set up Halloween pop-up shops, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Santa Ana.

Advantage Sales Buys Missouri Firm

Advantage Sales and Marketing LLC in Irvine acquired Springfield, Mo.-based advertising and marketing firm Marlin Network Inc. on undisclosed terms.

Mazda Takes Page From Home Design for Showrooms?

700 Dealerships Get Open Layouts, ‘Warm’ Materials

Open-concept floorplans have turned kitchens into favorite gathering spots for families in recent years.

Anna’s Linens Postpones IP Auction

Anna’s Linens Inc. in Costa Mesa postponed the auction of its intellectual property, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Santa Ana.

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Anna’s Subleases 16 Stores to Party City

Costa Mesa-based Anna’s Linens Inc. subleased 16 of its stores to Party City Corp., which plans to set up Halloween pop-up shops, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Santa Ana.

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Quiksilver Reportedly Talks With Possible Buyers

Quiksilver Inc. in Huntington Beach is holding discussions with potential buyers in an effort to avoid bankruptcy and keep its stores, Bloomberg Business reported today, citing sources close to the matter.

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Advantage Sales Acquires Firm

Advantage Sales and Marketing LLC in Irvine acquired Springfield, Mo.-based advertising and marketing firm Marlin Network Inc. on undisclosed terms.

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Sales Up for 3 OC Auto Brands

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

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Anna’s Linens Postpones Part of Auction

Anna’s Linens Inc. in Costa Mesa has postponed the auction of its intellectual property, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Santa Ana.

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