Recent and archived news stories on: Action Sports, Autos, Clothing, Cosmetics, Malls, Online Shopping, Stores/Retailers, Surf/Sportswear...

Stock Sale for Tilly’s Founders Comes Amid Growth

APPAREL: About $117M offering; sales, stores upIrvine-based Tilly’s Inc.’s co-founders are picking an opportune time to cash out a sizeable portion of their holdings in the youth fashion and footwear chain.

Chipotle Adds Legal, Development Execs

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) in Newport Beach named Roger Theodoredis chief legal officer and Tabassum Zalotrawala chief development officer.

Tease photo

Buena Park Food Maker Sold

Buena Park-based Simply Fresh Foods was sold to Lakeview Farms LLC in Delphos, Ohio.

Tease photo

Taco Bell Gets 2nd Down Under Franchiser

Taco Bell Corp. of Irvine signed its second franchiser for Australia and New Zealand, more than doubling the number of units it plans in the two countries to 110.

Tease photo

Grippo’s New Berth: Bellwether, Dana Point

Bellwether Financial Group in Newport Beach named Ralph Grippo a principal, the company said.

Tease photo

20 Habits to Greater Chicago

Habit Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) said a new franchisee to its system, Bloomfield, Mich.-based Tremendous Brands Group LLC, will open 20 locations in Illinois and Indiana, with the first to come by mid-2019.

Tease photo

November Auto Sales Mixed

OC’s automakers reported mixed sales results in November.

Tease photo

Fresh Marketing for El Pollo Loco

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) named Hector Muñoz chief marketing officer ahead of an expected spring 2019 relaunch of the brand.

Tease photo

Taco Bell Bangkok in Early 2019

Taco Bell’s Thailand franchisee plans to open its first location in Bangkok by early next year, local news reports said.

Tease photo

AutoWeb Q3 Revenue Down, Stock Slides

AutoWeb Inc. (Nasdaq: AUTO), an Irvine-based marketing firm for automakers and dealers, reported a third quarter loss of $18 million, or $1.41 per share, compared to net income of $69,000 a year ago.

Tease photo

Habit Names Marriott Creative Exec to Board

Habit Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) in Irvine added Karin Timpone to its board of directors, which now has eight members.

Tease photo

El Pollo Loco 3Q Sales, Profit Rise

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) in Costa Mesa reported third quarter net income of $6.8 million on revenue of $106.7 million, compared with a loss of $4 million on revenue of $101.2 million in the same period a year ago.

Tease photo

October Auto Sales Mixed

Sales by OC automakers were mixed in October with three of the five local companies reporting an increase.

Tease photo

Taco Bell Strong; Yum Mixed

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. sales rose 8% to $2.6 billion in its most recent quarter, making it the top-performing chain in Louisville-based parent company Yum Brands Inc. (Nasdaq: YUM) portfolio for the period.

Tease photo

Duck, Duck Donuts

Two down, three to go: Duck Donuts plans five locations in Orange County; two are open, in Huntington Beach and Irvine, the latter at Trade Food Hall.

Tease photo

Habit Revenue, Swings to Loss on Charge

Habit Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) in Irvine reported a $600,000 net loss, including a one-time charge, on revenue of about $105 million in its most recent quarter, compared with $400,000 in net income on revenue of $85 million, year-over-year.

Tease photo