Kari Hamanaka

Staff Reporter

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

Email: hamanaka@ocbj.com
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Recent Stories

Juice It Up Taps Brakes on Royalties

Waives royalty, marketing charges

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Boardriders Outlines COVID-19 Actions

Work from home, closed stores, pay cuts

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Midday Stock Roundup

Chipotle, Alteryx Slide

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Del Taco Boosts Cash, Provides Update

CEO: “Actions have us well positioned”

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COVID-19 Hits March Auto Sales

Declines across the board

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Goodwill: ‘Hang on to Your Donations’

Drop-offs being damaged, taken

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Rivian Provides Market Update

EV launch schedule will change

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Karma Reveals High-Tech EV Chassis

Allows up to 22 configurations

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Fresh n’ Lean Hiring 75

Meal maker had 325 before virus

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Genesis Nabs Head of Sales

Ex-Infiniti exec to lead luxe push

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Firms Provide Protective Gear

St. John, Kia, AST latest to lend a hand

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Mall Closures Indefinite

Re-opening dates scrapped until clarity on virus emerges

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Coronavirus Uncertainties Prompt Tilly's Furloughs

Store associates, corporate staff affected

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Taco Bell: New COVID-19 Actions

Food trucks for essential workers, free tacos

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Layoffs Hit Working Wardrobes

CEO: “double whammy” of events

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Coronavirus Prompts Pivot to Online Tactics

Digital Adeptness Never Been More Important

Marketers have ramped efforts to generate sales online, leaning on social media, mobile ordering apps and web stores in a bid to avoid a complete loss of revenue from the coronavirus pandemic.

Blinking Owl Distillery Adds Drugmaker Status to Biz

BEVERAGES: Makes hand sanitizer to address COVID-19

That which does not kill us ...

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What’s On Tap, When Taps Reopens

RESTAURANTS: New funding, concepts planned for OC chain

Last February, Taps owner Joe Manzella took a meeting with Randy Teffeteller, a local management consultant with expertise in the restaurant and hospitality business.

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Ad Agencies Mobilize Amid Pandemic, Hope to Maintain Growth

16% Gain for 23 Firms on List

Orange County’s largest advertising agencies were on the up last year, but the disruption to business across industries from the coronavirus pandemic has firms in wait-and-see mode.

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Bakers, Cafés, Farm Bring Free Food to Hospital Workers

OC Baking Co., Break of Dawn, Crema Artisan Cafe, Tanaka Farms lend hands

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Raphael Tapped to Lead New Hyundai Group

Heading cost optimization work across Hyundai N.A.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Chipotle slips, Healthpeak up

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Genesis Gets Digital With G80 Unveil

Luxury sedan to make world premiere online

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Mckinney Adds Utah

Brea company’s branch network now totals 16

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OC’s Retail Scene Enters ‘Survival Mode’

MARKETING: Stores, automakers, restaurants up digital presence

Social media, streaming, restaurants go ‘to-go’

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Wahoo’s on Takeout, Delivery

Ed Lee on long-term effects

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BJ’s Draws Down Credit, Slows Growth, Shares Up

Levin’s take: variety of steps “positions us well”

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Vans Parent Scraps Fiscal 2020 Outlook

Also drawing $1 billion from credit line

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Habit, El Torito Rally to Great American Takeout

Restaurants call for consumers to order delivery, pick-up on March 24

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Casanova McCann Nabs Vallarta Supermarkets Biz

Grocer Counts 50 Locations in Cali

Efforts to ramp services to clients on the digital and social media front are paying off for Casanova McCann with the Costa Mesa advertising agency’s most recent client win.

Billabong x Sincerely Jules Highlights Influencer Power

1st Collection Saw 50% Sell-Through in Week 1

For anyone questioning the power of influencer marketing, Billabong’s collaboration with Sincerely Jules blogger Julie Sariñana serves as a good case study.

Report: Furloughs Hit Volcom

State lockdown prompted move at Costa Mesa apparel maker

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Midday Stock Roundup

Healthcare REITs on the up as Five Point falls back

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Injecting Cool at Retail

LAB Holding, at nearly 30, remains the purveyor of craft retail

Shaheen Sadeghi, in development

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Californians Ordered to Stay at Home

Governor: non-essential businesses to close

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Hyundai Idles Alabama Plant

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at facility

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Simon Property Group Shutters U.S. Malls

Brea, Mission Viejo, Orange included

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Habit to Yum

Deal done

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PacSun, Tilly’s Close; Chipotle Strikes Uber Eats Deal

Latest COVID-19 moves by OC business

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Boardriders Sells Xcel To ZG Collective

Wetsuit line less than 1% of sales

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South Coast Plaza Store Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Shopping center to close and reopen March 31.

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As Taps Revamps, Consulting Biz Emerges

Tech, Social Media Helps Firm, Others

Manzella Restaurant Group, now 20 years into doing business, is ready to turn the page on the next part of its story.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Volatility continues; this time upward

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December Sales Slump Hits Tilly’s Q4

‘Deeper than expected’ decline weighed on quarter

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Del Taco Reports Strides In ‘Challenging’ 2019

Franchise growth a focus this year

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Mazda Begins Search for New CMO

Dino Bernacchi to part ways with automaker this month

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Tiffany & Co. to Reveal New SCP Space in Fall

Location Places It Closer to Carousel Court

Looks like Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) will soon have a new, larger home at South Coast Plaza.

Trade Pubs Added To Green Street’s Fold

Four Titles Cover Real Estate, Finance Industries

The first-ever acquisition for Green Street Advisors places it in the news business as it seeks to grow under a new owner.

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Alteryx, Sabra Shares Down

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Chipotle CEO Niccol Adds Chairman Duties

Founder Steve Ells steps away

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