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Local Fitness Companies Bulk Up Annual Sales

SERVICES: Five among 100 biggestOrange County’s cluster of fitness chains pumped up their sales last year, according to data from trade publication Club Industry.

Del Rosso to Genesis Motors CEO

Genesis Motors North America said Friday it named Mark Del Rosso chief executive officer, effective Oct. 21.

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Tesla Center to South OC

Tesla Inc. opened a service center in Lake Forest.

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Habit Looks to South Korea

Habit Restaurants Inc. inked a deal with a consulting firm it hopes will help it expand into South Korea.

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Shiseido to Buy Drunk Elephant

Drunk Elephant has sold to Tokyo-based Shiseido Company Ltd.’s Shiseido Americas Corp. division.

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Copley Motorcars Plants West Coast Flag

Needham, Mass. luxury and sports car seller Copley Motorcars now bookends the country with the opening of a Newport Beach location.

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Forever 21 to Close Fashion Island, Tustin Marketplace Stores

Irvine Co.’s Fashion Island and Tustin Marketplace were among the shopping centers listed on fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 Inc.’s store closure list Tuesday, according to bankruptcy filings.

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Soft September for OC Automakers

Orange County automakers had two less selling days in September, as most capped the month with sales declines.

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Kathmandu to Buy Rip Curl

Outdoor retailer Kathmandu Holdings Ltd. said Monday it plans to buy Australian surf brand Rip Curl Group Pty Ltd.

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Avanti Restaurant Solutions Names COO

Costa Mesa restaurant services provider Avanti Restaurant Solutions named Gary Coburn chief operating officer.

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Nordstrom Exec to Tilly’s Chief Merchant Post

Irvine retailer Tilly’s Inc. said Monday it hired Tricia D. Smith to be its head merchant.

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Stance Names New CEO

San Clemente-based Stance promoted cofounder John Wilson to chief executive.

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Chronic Tacos to Texas

Aliso Viejo-based Chronic Tacos entered Texas with a location in Montgomery.

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Vans Growth Tear Continues

The parent to Costa Mesa-based Vans Inc. has revised its revenue target for the skate shoe company as its aggressive growth streak continues.

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Boardriders Announces Executive Changes

Huntington Beach-based Boardriders Inc. announced several changes to its executive ranks in the first major announcement since its acquisition last year of the Billabong group.

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Del Taco Promotion: New COO

Lake Forest-based Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) promoted Chad Gretzema to chief operating officer, a new position.

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