APPAREL / RETAIL

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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KIA names COO

Irvine-based automaker Kia Motors America named Michael Cole chief operating officer and executive vice president on Tuesday. He succeeds Michael Sprague, who left the post last month.

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PacSun Explores Merger

Anaheim-based retail chain Pacific Sunwear of California is reported to be in talks with Bellevue, Wash.-based sports retailer Eddie Bauer to consolidate their businesses, according to Reuters.

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Chipotle Moving to Newport

Chipotle Mexican Grill is moving to Newport Beach.

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Real Mex for Sale

Real Mex Restaurants Inc.’s owners seek to sell the chain and have hired investment bank Piper Jaffray to unearth a buyer, according to Bloomberg. The chain’s second bankruptcy filing in seven years could precede a transaction, the report said.

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New Can in 7-Eleven Test

A “self-chilling” beverage can created by an Irvine-based firm is on shelves in 15 Los Angeles 7-Eleven stores.

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St. John Names CEO

Eran Cohen was appointed chief executive of Irvine-based luxury label St. John Knits on Thursday, succeeding Bruce Fetter, who retired after more than 15 years.

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Lazy Dog Adds Chicago

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar in Huntington Beach said it will add one location in Illinois—a new state for the casual dining chain—one more in Texas, and two more in its California backyard.

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Titan Names CEO

Footwear veteran Joel Oblonsky was named chief executive of Huntington Beach footwear licensee Titan Industries Inc.

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El Pollo Loco Revenue Up, Beats Street

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) in Costa Mesa said revenue in its most recent quarter grew about 1% year-over-year to $101 million and net income declined 49% to $2.5 million; pro forma net income, a non-GAAP measure, increased 9% to $6.7 million.

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Del Taco Revenue Up, Net Income Down

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) in Lake Forest said revenue increased about 7% to $113 million and net income fell 24% to $3.2 million in its most recent quarter.

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Mitsubishi Names COO

Cypress-based automaker Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. said Wednesday that Mark Chaffin will succeed Don Swearingen as chief operating officer.

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Yogurtland Adds in Dallas

Irvine-based Yogurtland signed current franchisee Yang Group to expand the chain in Dallas-Fort Worth with up to eight locations over the next three years.

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