APPAREL / RETAIL

BJ’s Revenue, Income Up

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: BJRI) in Huntington Beach earned nearly $9 million in net income on $270 million in revenue in its most recent quarter, up 257% and 10% respectively.

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Habit Taps QSR Vet for Brand Post

Habit Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) in Irvine named Iwona Alter chief brand officer; she joins the fast-casual burger chain December 10 from San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc. (Nasdaq: JACK).

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Boot Barn Earnings Beat

Work and Western boot and apparel retailer Boot Barn Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: BOOT) reported net income of $4.5 million, or 16 cents per share, beating analyst predictions of 9 cents per share, in its second quarter earnings report Thursday.

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Chipotle Revenue Up

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) in Newport Beach said revenue increased nearly 9% to $1.2 billion and adjusted net income was 60% higher to about $60 million in its most recent quarter.

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Del Taco Ratchets Guidance Down

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) lowered full-year guidance in its most-recent quarterly report. Revenue and net income grew on a 1.4% increase in systemwide same-store sales, with franchised restaurant comps growing faster than company-owned locations.

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Sears Closing South Coast Plaza Location

Sears Holdings Corp. plans to shutter its location at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza as part of its just-announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

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Taco Bell Operator Plans 50 in Australia

Collins Foods Ltd. will open 50 Taco Bell locations in three years in three states in Australia.

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GSF in Talks to Sell Some Sites

Golden State Foods Corp. in Irvine said it’s talking with Rosemont, Ill.-based McDonald’s distribution and logistics firm Martin-Brower LLC to sell some distribution centers serving the Golden Arches and reinvest the proceeds to diversify operations.

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September Auto Sales Down

Nearly all of the OC automakers reported a drop in September sales on Tuesday with the exception of Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motors North America.

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Nékter in 4-State, 30-Unit Deal

Nékter Juice Bar Inc. in Santa Ana said a franchisee will open 30 locations of the juice and smoothie chain in Florida, Tennessee, Maryland, and Washington D.C. The latter two are new markets for Nékter; the first store should open in Florida early next year.

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Habit Burger Signs Rare Franchise Deal

Habit Restaurants Inc. said a franchisee will develop nine locations in Eastern Washington and Idaho, with the first ones scheduled to open early next year.

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Johnny Rockets Promotes President to CEO

Lake Forest-based Johnny Rockets Group Inc. named President Mike Nolan its chief executive, effective Oct. 1, replacing John Maguire, who has left the company.

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Pizza Chain Names Yum Vet President, COO

Mountain Mike’s Pizza LLC hired Jim Metevier as president and chief operating officer.

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Rossignol Picks Global Bike Chief

Rossignol Group, a French maker of ski, snowboard and biking products, named Scott Rittschof to a new position as senior vice president of its global bicycle business, based in Irvine.

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Restaurant Temp Firm Adds Delivery

ShiftPixy Inc. said it will offer delivery driver employees to fast food and fast casual restaurant clients.

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