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Convention Center Space Spurs Business Bump
The 200,000-square-foot expansion of Anaheim Convention Center that opens Sept. 26 is the result of three to five years of wrangling, funding and construction—and the biggest new effort of several the area will get stretching forward another three to five.
Khanna Enterprises Ltd. in Irvine sold the 12-story, 250-room Custom Hotel in the Westchester area of Los Angeles for more than $40 million, or at least $160,000 per room.
FRANCHISING: Cauldron tests OC food trend’s appetite
A quick Yelp search reveals more than a dozen nitrogen-infused ice cream outlets across Orange County, from Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo, through Irvine, and into Anaheim, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley and Tustin.
BJ’s Restaurants Inc. added a location in Columbia, S.C., its first in the state and eighth new restaurant this year. It plans two more new restaurants in 2017, including its first in Michigan.
Visit Anaheim said 12.1 million travelers to the city have spent $4.2 billion in Orange County year-to-date, an increase of some 10% in each number, and have spent of about $347 per person.
Marina Ownership Murky
We reported Aug. 28 on several members of the two teams bidding to renovate Dana Point Harbor for an estimated $200 million. At that price there will be barnacles, and they’ll be scraped.
An Irvine seller of Vietnamese-style coffee has changed its name and plans three more locations in the next year.
Montage International in Irvine named Brian Karaba executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Jimboy’s Tacos plans three locations in OC—Huntington Beach. Brea, and Costa Mesa—as part of a 20-unit franchise plan for Southern California.
News reports from Houston last month said Irvine-based In-N-Out Burger bought a parcel of land in Harris County for its first location in the city.
Real Mex Restaurants Inc. in Cypress named Judd Tirnauer executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Former Automobile Club of Southern California Chief Executive Robert Bouttier says goodbye to the Auto Club’s members in his final column in the September issue of Westways.
High Tide of Renovation to Hit Coast
The next big redevelopment push in Orange County looks to come dockside.
Orange County Forum founding Executive Director Nancy Dooley will leave the group to focus on her consultancy.
Leaf Brands LLC in Newport Beach said it will bid for Switzerland-based Nestle SA’s U.S. candy business.
Juice It Up in Irvine will re-enter Florida with three locations franchised to CPB Investments LLC.
Nekter Juice Bar Inc. in Santa Ana has signed a franchisee to open 17 locations in the Carolinas over the next several years, the first in October in Cornelius, N.C., near Charlotte.
The 200,000-square-foot Anaheim Convention Center expansion has sparked official notice by its biggest client that it, too, is in growth mode.
Anaheim Leads Cities Roster
Imagine Angels outfielder Mike Trout on an exceptional day—the final score could read “Trout 7, White Sox 2,” —and you get an idea of Irvine compared to its city-mates in Orange County.
Paciolan in Irvine will buy TicketsWest and West Coast Entertainment in Spokane, Wash., on undisclosed terms, a trade journal reported.
JetSuiteX plans 12 flights a week between Burbank and San Jose starting Sept. 12.
Johnny Rockets Group Inc. in Lake Forest appears to have snagged a new president who was named to the same position at Pieology Pizzeria in Rancho Santa Margarita in May.
Evolution Hospitality in San Clemente and Argosy Real Estate Partners in Wayne, Pa., sold the 216-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel LAX in El Segundo for about $54.1 million, sales records show.
Pieology Pizzeria in Rancho Santa Margarita said an area developer will open two locations in Mexico City by year-end in the city’s Polanco and San Jose de Insurgentes Sur neighborhoods, the first of 47 locations in the country.
An Ayres Hotel is part of a development breaking ground tomorrow in Chula Vista.
The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked hoteliers to highlight a key technology change they’ve made this year at their properties or companywide to enhance service levels—how it fit into their market positioning, whether it taps national trends, and any obstacles they faced in making the changes.
Market Existing Points Of Interest to Potential Visitors
They won’t change the name—Surf City it is, and Surf City it ever shall be—but Huntington Beach marketers told the Business Journal they’re preparing to market the locale to travelers based on fun of all types.
Sixteen Orange County hotels sold for more than $372 million in the first six months of the year, an average of $23.3 million and 201% higher by dollar volume year-over-year, according to hotel broker and consultant Atlas Hospitality Group in Irvine.
Del Taco Restaurants Inc. in Lake Forest named Barry Westrum chief marketing officer. He takes on duties previously overseen by John Cappasola Jr., who became chief executive of the fast food chain in July.
Properties Coming Soon For Smaller, Local Clients
Local data show at least eight Orange County hotel projects are under way, several that are scheduled to open in the next six months, and most notable for something they’ll have in smaller amounts than just about any property in OC: meeting space.
The 200,000-square-foot Anaheim Convention Center expansion has driven official notice by its biggest client that it, too, is in growth mode.