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PCH Shopping Center Spree for Jabara

RETAIL: $150M invested by Mobilitie founderGary Jabara, one of Orange County’s top telecom executives, has bought a pair of prominent retail-focused properties along Coast Highway in Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach as part of a nearly $150 million push into commercial real estate over the past month.

St. John Seeks Relaunch Under New Creative Director

Irvine luxury knitwear label St. John said a new capsule collection and social media campaign reflects a relaunch of the brand under recently hired creative director Zoe Turner.

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Former Toyota Racing Manager Jumps to Mazda Motorsports

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations said it named Nelson Cosgrove as director of its Mazda Motorsports division.

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Amazon Adds 322K SF Space

Amazon will open a 322,000-square-foot distribution hub in Mission Viejo.

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Streetwear Growing Up

Apparel makers talked the merits—and future—of streetwear at the recently concluded ComplexCon.

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Trade Food Hall Sells

Trade Food Hall in Irvine sold for $31 million.

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Laguna Hills Mall Gets New Name, Plan

Transformation plans for the former Laguna Hills Mall continues with a new name and new uses.

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Beauty M&A Continues: Benchmark to KDC/ONE

Irvine beauty formulations firm Benchmark Cosmetic Laboratories has traded hands.

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Blinking Owl in Temp Shutdown

Blinking Owl Distillery in Santa Ana will close for 25 days after a Sacramento administrative law judge affirmed Alcohol and Beverage Control allegations the spirits maker had served too much alcohol to an undercover agent.

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Kia Leads October for OC Carmakers

Orange County automakers saw mostly positive results in October, with the sport utility vehicle segment doing particularly well for some.

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Kia Names President

Irvine automaker Kia Motors America gets a new president next month.

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Habit Shares Pop on Q3

Irvine fast casual burger chain The Habit Restaurants Inc. continues its push on service, modernizing its fleet of stores on the digital front and adding drive-thrus in its recently ended quarter.

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Boot Barn: Strong Q2, Upbeat on Season

Irvine-based Western wear retailer Boot Barn Holdings Inc.’s better-than-expected results for the September quarter has it rosy on the upcoming holiday selling season and beyond.

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Nike to Sell Hurley

Costa Mesa-based Hurley International LLC is to be sold to brand licensing and management firm Bluestar Alliance LLC.

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VF Still Upbeat on Vans

The outlook remains bright for Costa Mesa-based Vans Inc., even as parent VF Corp.’s shares took a hit Friday after releasing disappointing results for its recently ended quarter.

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Jannard Steps Down

Jim Jannard, the founder of Oakley, Red Digital Cinema Camera Co., and more recently the Hydrogen phone project on Thursday said he’ll retire.

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