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Bendel Gets Yum Brands Backing for Burger Joint
Habit Restaurants Inc.’s (Nasdaq: HABT) $375 million sale to Yum Brands Inc. (NYSE: YUM) is expected to turbocharge growth at a burger business that’s already seen a more than doubling in restaurant count over the past five years.
Commercial features Chris Evans, John Krasinski, Rachel Dratch and David Ortiz
An unexpected holiday slowdown pushed fourth-quarter guidance down.
Rose Parade Float Hits on Farming Theme
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) is serious about eating clean, and its marketing continues to drive that point home.
RESTAURANTS: Chipotle CEO on Breakout 2019, and Future Plans
If a Chipotle employee can’t taste the difference between good guacamole and great guacamole, well, they may be suited to work elsewhere.
Pentland pays $170 million to reunite Speedo businesses in time for Olympic Games.
RETAIL: Parent co. retains salon business
The buttercup yellow branding synonymous with blowout salon concept Drybar is set to emerge on the international stage this year following the sale of its products business for $255 million to Helen of Troy Ltd. (Nasdaq: HELE).
Burger chain to join global owner of Irvine-based Taco Bell, others
Capped 2019 with Ian Finnerty deal
Pro swimmer Ian Finnerty is now backed by swimsuit brand Tyr Sport Inc., capping a busy year of sponsorship deals for the line in 2019.
Web First; Stores Coming in Q3
Irvine beauty brand Manna Kadar Cosmetics is on a roll.
It’s time for surf and skate to step up as both sports make their 2020 Summer Olympics debut.
Agency’s Client Roster Diversifies Beyond Auto
Huntington Beach-based Innocean USA’s latest win continues to pad the agency’s client portfolio beyond its roots in automotive.
While some companies fire away on the digital, loyalty and food innovation front, others are looking at the bigger picture to revive older brands.
José Muñoz left Nissan Motor Co. to join Hyundai Motor America Inc. in April.
How brick-and-mortar shopping centers choose to respond to continued shifts in consumer behavior and spending remains a key trend to watch in 2020.
The Future is Now for Local Carmakers
Electrification, ride-sharing, urban mobility solutions.
Growth on Menu For OC’s Top Chains
Discerning palates have just about everyone claiming the foodie title these days.
Kura Sushi USA Inc. (Nasdaq: KRUS) thinks its conveyor belt-style sushi concept has a large runway for growth.
New Line, New Merchant Keeping Assortment Fresh
New line West of Melrose is a nod to the trendy street of the same name as Tilly’s Inc. looks to pull in older customers with an in-house label.
Axonics Modulation Technologies Inc. ticks down, a day after revealing news on the patent front.
MEDIA: Action sports outlet complements trade shows
Emerald Expositions Events Inc. (NYSE: EEX) continues its buying spree with action sports news outlet Shop Eat Surf, amid changes coming next year to the Emerald C-suite.
Karma Automotive Inc. said Friday it struck a deal with Callisma Automotive Group to expand the automaker’s presence in Sweden.
RETAIL: More discounts; consumer behavior shifts
Black Friday is a day? A week? A month?
Action sports online news site Shop Eat Surf said Monday it was sold to San Juan Capistrano-based trade show owner Emerald Expositions Events Inc. (NySE: EEX), following news earlier in the day of a CEO change at Emerald.
President Cole on Carmaker’s Next Steps, and Changing Auto Landscape
Kia Motors America Inc. President Michael Cole has hit the ground running.
Owner Stories Part Of Brand Play for Automaker
Social media continues to lend itself well to telling vehicle owner stories for Hyundai Motor America Inc.
Collab Brings Founder Out of Retirement
It was about time for this one.
Hyundai Motor America in Fountain Valley looks to grow its social media marketing.
Irvine retailer Tilly’s Inc.’s strong Thanksgiving weekend and Cyber Monday performance has it optimistic about the rest of the holiday selling season.
November proved a good month for Orange County’s largest automakers, with all notching gains.
FOOD: Little Onion’s recipe for biz success
Operating a restaurant is no easy feat, especially when you’re an independent operator.