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
Phone: 949-833-8373 Extension: 271

Recent Stories

Kura Sushi Taps Former Drybar Exec for CFO

Steven Benrubi’s start date is Dec. 1

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Z Supply Boosts Buying; Adds Virtual Platform

Feature Adds to ShopB2Z Portal for Wholesale Buyers

A new virtual component added to Costa Mesa-based Z Supply LLC’s wholesale platform brings the online lookbook that much closer to the in-real-life experience.

Pokéworks Defies Trends, Ramps Up Restaurants

FOOD: 54 locations and counting for chain

Pokéworks started in what some might call a hallway in Manhattan, but it’s since risen to 54 locations with more than 130 on the way.

OC Malls Put Virtual Spin on 2020 Holidays

Zoom Calls with Santa, AR Experiences, Live Streaming

Zoom isn’t just for staff meetings and the business world anymore.

American Technologies Buys Mark 1

Deal is first ever for family-owned, Anaheim firm

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Winging It

Lazy Dog Keeps Innovating, Launches Virtual Brand

Tastes like chicken

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Fitz Games Stays Local With Hispanic Account

Comedy-Based Card Games Falls for Casanova

Costa Mesa advertising agency Casanova McCann has added the Fitz Games business to its fold.

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Chipotle Continues to Feed Digital Business Growth

RESTAURANTS: Ghost kitchen, innovation center

Recent moves to establish a ghost kitchen presence and Irvine testing center by Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. proves limber evolution isn’t just for scrappy start-ups.

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Mitchell & Ness Start Mash-Up with SI

First of Several Capsules Launched with Magazine

Irvine-based vintage clothing and apparel firm Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co. struck an interesting deal with publisher Sports Illustrated that will include capsule collections for NFL, NBA and MLB fans.

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Restaurants, Glaukos trade down

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Kura Sushi Misses on Revenue, Earnings

CEO remains upbeat on future, with most restaurants now open

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Laura Schwab Parts Ways with Aston Martin Americas

Ed Moran takes the top spot on an interim basis

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Casanova McCann Lands New Work, New Owner

MARKETING: CEO Otero-Smart buys in

7th-largest local ad shop

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Flame Broiler Lights Fire on Ordering Options

Online Order is a Start; Delivery, Curbside on Tap

Flame Broiler Inc. didn’t have to do much in the way of marketing for the start of its online ordering rollout.

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A Fighting Chance

Promoter Roy Englebrecht Finds Ways to Hold Live Events

Underdog's undercard rises

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Urovant shares pop on Sumitovant deal

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C.J. Segerstrom & Sons Names CEO

Greg Miller brings resort, entertainment development experience

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Chipotle to Open its Version of the Ghost Kitchen

New York Chipotle Digital Kitchen will open Saturday

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Fashion Island Nabs First Blue Nile in State

Online jeweler is aggressively growing brick-and-mortar presence

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Vans Parent Strikes Deal to Buy Supreme

Purchase price reflects $2.1 billion enterprise value for Supreme

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Shopping Centers See Sales Slide During Lockdown

Mixed Outlook For Holiday Selling Period

It was no surprise this year’s list of OC’s largest shopping centers reflects the less-than-stellar physical foot traffic the industry’s seeing.

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PacSun Warms Up to Activewear

Anaheim Retailer Launches New Line

Anaheim retailer Pacific Sunwear of California LLC is vying for a piece of the activewear market with the launch of PacSun Active.

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Liz McKinley: Fueled for Success

ENERGY: Expects $185M in sales for ‘20

Liz McKinley always had a taste for business.

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CocoMelon Travels, as Kids Show Expands to South Korea

YouTube Mega-Hit Part of New Parent’s Playbook

The kids are more than alright and, in fact, there’s plenty of business to be had in the children’s media market.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Alteryx falls on Q4 guidance, medical device makers rise

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Ghost Town: Online Ordering Alters Food Biz

RESTAURANTS: New kitchen models rise, gain big backers

Ghosting, in a good way

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SUVs, CUVs Lead October Vehicle Sales Gains

OC automakers see growth

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Drive-Thru, Deliveries Boost El Pollo Loco

Same-Store Sales Grow in Q3

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) CEO Bernard Acoca was upbeat in providing the Costa Mesa’s restaurant chain’s quarterly results last week.

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Amazon Fresh’s Irvine Spot Tracks Buyer Habits

2nd Grocer in State; Checkout-Free Options

Irvine’s first Amazon Fresh may have just opened, but its sister store to the north has already begun gleaning plenty about the consumers shopping its door.

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El Pollo Loco Delivers Comparable Sales Growth

Off-premise strategies continue to drive business

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Boot Barn, restaurants slide

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The New Business of the Scare

EVENTS: Drive-thru haunts draw crowds

Frightening success

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Boot Barn Ready for Holiday

Turns in better-than-expected fiscal Q2

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Advantage Solutions, Conyers Park Deal Closes

Reverse merger takes Advantage public

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Stoney Clover Lane Taps Lido Marina for West Coast Expansion

New York travel brand to open Sunday in Newport Beach

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Silverado Fire Prompts Red Factory Evacuation

Mandatory evacuation ordered Monday evening

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Nekter Sees Sales Bounce Back

New campaign, delivery options have helped

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Chipotle Launches Sustainability Food Tracker

Real Foodprint lives on the Chipotle app

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Common Thread’s Pro-Athlete Roster Shakes Up E-Commerce

MARKETING: Employee focus; fast growth plan

It’s the influencers who are leading when it comes to the next generation of marketing agencies.

Irvine Firm Reports Spike In E-Commerce Traffic

PriceSpider Says Brands Seeing Boost of 113%

Amazon’s two-day Prime Day blitz earlier this month may have offered a glimpse of what’s in store at retail in the lead up to the holiday selling period.

Del Taco Marketing Team Solidified, Ready for 2021

Ad Spending Returns To Pre-Pandemic Levels

Kudos from Del Taco Restaurants Inc. CEO John Cappasola went out recently to CMO Tim Hackbardt and the chain’s agency of record for helping drive improved business for the Lake Forest-based chain in its latest quarter.

Midday Stock Roundup

BJ’s Restaurants, NextGen shares move on quarterly results

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Rodeo 39 Renaissance

Center the Latest Sign of Life for Stanton and Experiential Retail

Exploring new frontiers

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BJ’s Beats on Top, Bottom Lines

Chain’s longer term goal of at least 425 locations still holds

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Digital Sales Pop at Chipotle

Channel sees more than 200% growth in the third quarter

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Amazon Fresh Opens First OC Location

Grocery concept is at The Market Place

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Spongberg’s Menu: Family-Style Franchiser

RESTAURANTS: 300+ units; top El Pollo owner

Comfort food, business basics

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South Coast Plaza Can Soon Tout Breakfast at Tiffany

More details on Tiffany & Co.’s new, expanded space at shopping center

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Habit Makes Moves in Cambodia

Location set for Wednesday opening

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Advantage Solutions CEO: Q3 Marks “Improving Momentum”

Refinancing, preliminary Q3 results announced

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