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Maui-Bound: Top OC Developers Invest in West

Recent Hotel, Retail Investments Near $1BFly about 2,500 miles west from John Wayne Airport to Maui, then drive half an hour to the resort area of Wailea, and you could be forgiven for thinking you’re still in Orange County when you notice the number of real estate investors and developers taking up shop.

China Chicken Franchise Adds 3 in OC

China-based Yang’s Braised Chicken and Rice plans three franchised locations in OC, following its first store in the U.S., a corporate location that opened in Tustin in September.

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Taco Bell Goes Big Overseas

Taco Bell Corp. in Irvine signed current franchisees in Spain and Brazil to add 40 locations a year between the two countries over the next decade.

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AutoGravity Names New CEO, CTO

AutoGravity named a new chief executive and chief technology officer to replace two award-winning executives who unexpectedly departed the fast-growing Irvine fintech in the past two months.

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AutoGravity’s Co-Founder Departs as CEO

Andy Hinrichs in May departed as chief executive of AutoGravity, an award-winning fintech company he co-founded in 2016, the Business Journal has learned.

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Taco Bell Heats Up Down Under

A franchiser of fast food restaurants has said Australia looks good for more Taco Bell locations—in some cases possibly replacing Sizzler locations it operates there.

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Mitsubishi Names CIO, VP

Cypress-based automaker Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. promoted Natalie Milton to vice president and chief information officer.

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Manhattan Beachwear Adds BCBG

Cypress-based swimwear manufacturer Manhattan Beachwear Inc. said Monday it will design and distribute women’s swimwear for Vernon-based fashion label BCBGMaxAzria and its BCBGeneration line.

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Wells Fargo to Shut 2 Irvine Auto Offices

Wells Fargo & Co. is closing two auto financing offices in the Irvine Spectrum, resulting in 67 employees to date leaving the firm.

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PacSun Names President

Alfred Chang was promoted to president of Anaheim-based retailer Pacific Sunwear on Wednesday.

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Hyundai, Kia Reorganize US Ops

A shakeup has happened in the North American offices of South Korean automakers Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motor Corp.

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ChromaDex Appoints CMO

ChromaDex Corp. (Nasdaq: CDXC) named Lisa Bratkovich chief marketing officer, effective June 4.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was unchanged in midday trading at 2,746.89.

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May Auto Sales Up

Nearly all of Orange County’s automakers reported an uptick in sales for May while year-to-date sales remain mixed.

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Brandman to Educate Walmart Workers

Walmart employees will be able to attend Irvine-based Brandman University for $1 a day as part of a new program the retail giant said on Wednesday.

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Yogurtland Adds Internationally

Yogurtland opened in the Emirate of Sharjah, one of the kingdoms in United Arab Emirates; it has two other locations in UAE.

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