Mark Mueller

Editor

Mark Mueller covers commercial and residential real estate for the Orange County Business Journal. His beat also includes title insurers and mortgage lenders, as well as government stories that relate to real estate. He can be reached at mueller@ocbj.com.

Email: mueller@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373 Extension: 226

Recent Stories

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Home Sales

LoanDepot becomes OC’s sixth-largest public company by market value; CoStar Group Inc. 'stunned' to read of CoreLogic buyout; Yucaipa Cos. of Los Angeles takes heavy equity stake in Steinberg Sports and Entertainment

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Luxe Candle Co. Finds Growing Customer Base

RETAIL: Family affair in Laguna

2020 proved to be a breakout year for candle companies, as stay-at-home orders brought more attention to home décor and shoppers looked for comforting products.

Growth in the Billions

Palmer Luckey’s nearly $2 billion-valued Anduril Industries isn’t the most valuable tech-focused company at Irvine’s 2722 Michelson building—for now.

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Abundance of Investments

Irvine’s PE-backed firm Interior Logic Group will be sold to Blackstone for $1.6B; Stone Point Capital and Insight Partners will pay $6B for Irvine’s CoreLogic; Chicago ratings agency affirms AAA ratings for CMBS-loans backed by Irvine Co. office properties

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New Homes

Irvine’s First Foundation Inc. moves holding company to Dallas; new H Mart to open in Irvine; local businessman Sir Torben Aaskov, Chapman U grad, knighted by Queen Margrethe II

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EV Truck Maker Lordstown Picks Irvine

AUTOS: Opens first center outside Midwest

Irvine’s base of electric vehicle makers got another energy boost last week, as Ohio’s Lordstown Motors Corp. established a new service center in the Spectrum area of the city, in preparation for the launch of its first vehicle later this year.

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Apria Ditches OC HQ as IPO Beckons

FINANCE: Indy base; Blackstone bought in 2008

Apria Inc., one of the country’s largest home healthcare companies, is poised to go public again, 13 years after it was taken private by a unit of Blackstone Group LP

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Legal Scores

Keller/Anderle LLP trial lawyer Jennifer Keller ranked No. 1 attorney by SoCal Super Lawyers; Evan Moore, former NFL tight end, scores apartment complex via Stratford Capital investment firm; Jeff Moorad's Newport Beach MSP Sports Capital bought soccer clubs in Spain and Portugal since 2019

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Olen’s Southeast Rental Portfolio Now Tops $2B

REAL ESTATE: Charlotte push; office buy near Nashville

Olen Properties Corp.'s late-year acquisition spree in the Southeast pushed the value of the Newport Beach-based real estate investor’s growing apartment portfolio past $2B

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Home Design Studio Chain Interior Logic Plans IPO

REAL ESTATE: Serves top 20 builders in US

Irvine’s Interior Logic Group Holdings Inc. plans to build a much bigger national footprint

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New Drives

What’s ahead for Foothill Ranch’s loanDepot; Tesla's $800B plans to expand in Irvine; Irvine’s Rivian is nearing another funding round, valuing the company close to $25B

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Tesla Sales Center in Works for Irvine

AUTOMOTIVE: Would be first spot in city

City planning and permitting documents indicate a Tesla sales facility is in the works for a 58,000-square-foot building fronting Jamboree Road in Irvine

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Scenes from a Riot

Rep. Lou Correa shares firsthand account of Capitol takeover; New ghost kitchen restaurants sets up in Anaheim; Irvine’s Fitness International LLC remains country’s largest health club

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Battle of the Bands

A love for music runs deep among our collection of Business People of the Year winners, profiled in this edition.

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Year-End Predictions

Chapman President Emeritus and economist Jim Doti predicts 5.7% GDP growth for 2021; luxe home brokers predict continued strong area sales in 2021

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Ingram’s Future, and Past

Ingram Micro is set in Irvine after Platinum Equity's 7.2%B acquisition; ImmunogenX CEO and co-founder Jack Syage tracks COVID, supports shelter-in-place order

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Future Focused

Funds from author Dean Koontz' $9M donation to Hoag Hospital has gone to new MRI-guided radiation therapy system

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New Drives

Stoecker, schools, Disneyland, startups

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The Electric Truck Town

Locals get lit, fit; ... plastics

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Bikes, Books & Buyouts

Leaving public; biking in; making coins

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Amazon’s $240M Delivery

No HQ2? No problem.

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Hoag Hospital Considers Major Irvine Expansion

HEALTHCARE: Plans Include Women’s Hospital

Adding 240 beds, 432K SF

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Big Homes, Big Mike

10K; $63M; $54M; Amazon; Fabled spirit

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Residential Development Near JWA Pushes On

REAL ESTATE: 800+ units in the works

The final significant phase of development at Irvine’s Central Park West community has begun, and a pair of additional large residential sites planned in the vicinity of John Wayne Airport are up for sale, which in total could add more than 800 new apartments and homes to the airport area.

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Testing Grounds

Soon-Shiong & Hoag, Rivian & Amazon

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Allied Enlistments

Forces for growth

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Contract Details

Alteryx, Angels, Art Museum call OC home

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Little Dolls Grow Up

Coming a long way

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Fast Movers

Succeed forward

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Augie’s Progress

Nieto's returns, and Niccol’s; entrepreneurs

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Need More Palmers

Good Luck: high tech and helicopters, Hoag and healing

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Retail Rebound

Malls, centers, logistics on the rise?

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Back to School

Full spectrum education

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Westminster Mall Apartment Project in Works

REAL ESTATE: Deal would bring in $50M+ for REIT

The owners of the Westminster Mall say they’ve found an apartment developer to build a substantial mixed-use project on a portion of Orange County’s 13th-largest shopping center by taxable sales.

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Hamilton’s Heart

Sharing Renoir

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Newport Center Turnover

Irvine Co. execs: time to fly

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Catching New Waves

Surf City’s new wave

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The Orange Bubble

Charging ahead

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Luxury’s Allure

Buyers, Brokers on What the Super Wealthy Want

The location, location, location of Bill Gross

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Ranks of OC’s Wealthiest Rise

ECONOMY: 20th edition counts 47; 31 billionaires

Locals, weekenders — $111B

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Angry Birds

OC money, real estate, IPOs

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Space Job Perks

To infinity and beyond

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Making Wall Street Waves

Med tech homer

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Loan Designers

Local PPP Recipients Get $50M+, Docs Show

Orange County’s cluster of architecture, design, and tenant-improvement focused construction firms are among the largest local beneficiaries of the Paycheck Protection Program, according to newly released federal documents.

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Steinberg Sports Strikes Record NFL Contract

SPORTS: Gets $500M for Chiefs star Mahomes

The money’s been shown.

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Survival Story

In the teeth of it

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Montrose Enviro Preps for $160M IPO

FINANCE: Has bought 50 firms since 2012

Environmental consulting firm Montrose Environmental Group Inc. is looking to join the ranks of Orange County’s publicly traded companies.

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Amazon Eyes Cypress Site as New Logistics Hub

E-COMMERCE: Project at former Mitsubishi HQ

Amazon.com Inc. is looking into building a last-mile logistics facility at the former campus of Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. in Cypress.

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Car Talk, Road Closures

Doti reads; Laguna eats

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FivePoint Selling Broadcom Offices for $355M

REAL ESTATE: Will be top OC sale of year

PRP Real Estate Investment Management, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate investor backed in part by overseas funding partners, plans to buy the two largest buildings at Irvine’s FivePoint Gateway office campus.

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