Kari Hamanaka

Staff Reporter

Kari Hamanaka covers apparel manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, automakers and hotels/tourism. She can be reached at hamanaka@ocbj.com.

Email: hamanaka@ocbj.com
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Recent Stories

Juicing In Stores Next At Nékter Juice Bar

148-Door Chain Refines Its Multiple Experiences

Opening doors is the way to scale; continuing to iterate on the in-store experience builds brands.

New Deals Broaden Manna Kadar’s Beauty Reach

Urban Outfitters, Ulta Among New Retailers Added to Roster

Before Manna Kadar’s beauty business became a multi-brand portfolio, retail buyers were being greeted at Island Tan, passing tanning beds before getting to the 100-square-foot showroom of Manna Kadar Cosmetics.

Vans Marketing Blitz Continues to Ramp Up

Events Aid Growth As $5B Target Remains

No one ever hit the $1 billion mark on cruise control.

Tilly’s Exec To Step Down

Anker-Morris Leaving At End of Month

Irvine-based retailer Tilly’s Inc. is set to lose longtime Chief Merchandising Officer Debbie Anker-Morris, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

El Pollo Loco, Del Taco Double Down on Delivery

Postmates Partnerships Expand Service Options

Restaurant operators continue to play the convenience card in the race for consumer wallet share.

Rivian’s Latest Cash Infusion a Boost for Irvine Ops

AUTOMOTIVE: Cox joins Amazon, Ford as backers

Cox Automotive Inc.’s $350 million investment in Michigan-based automaker Rivian Automotive LLC is expected to bolster the electric vehicle maker’s retail and customer service programs—and hiring in its growing Irvine operations hub—as its market launch looms.

Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P was flat in midday trading Friday at 3,009.4.

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Casual Expansion for Wahoo’s on Menu

RESTAURANTS: Chain plots next phase of growth

Part of the challenge in diversifying Orange County’s food scene is people like Wahoo’s Fish Taco co-founder Ed Lee.

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Tilly’s Enters Holiday Season on Stronger Footing

RETAIL: Retailer’s riding high after strong Q2

The key holiday selling season’s looking cheerier for retailer Tilly’s Inc.

Richer Poorer Sets New Course After Turmoil

APPAREL: First store, elevating basics, $100M goal

Apparel company Richer Poorer has a pair of matching goals—corporate stability and ambitious sales growth—after a roller-coaster ride over the past five years that included multiple company sales, a change in product focus, and a near brush with bankruptcy.

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