Paul Hughes

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Foreign Firms’ Employment Flat, With Exceptions

Foreign Firms’ Employment Flat, With Exceptions

The biggest foreign-owned firms in Orange County by employment saw little change in their combined workforce in 2018, but specific companies and industries made notable moves and what the list doesn’t reflect, at least not yet, could be even more influential on the group.

A Brewing Industry

OC’s Bar Scene Is Growing Up

A tech guy walks into a bar. He owns it. Not much of a joke, but Gary Jabara’s not kidding with Chihuahua Cerveza, a taco joint he opened in the former Crow Burger Kitchen spot on Balboa Peninsula.

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Taco Bell’s Williams to Stitch Fix Board

Stitch Fix Inc. named Liz Williams, president of Taco Bell International, to its board, noting her experience with branding and foreign markets.

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Del Taco Shares Up On 4Q Prelims

Shares in Lake Forest-based Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) rose 6.4% after reporting fourth quarter preliminary results and issuing a 2019 forecast.

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New Shows Tap Trends

Two new events at Anaheim Convention Center reflect efforts by area tourism marketers to play to the city’s strengths and bring larger or higher-dollar events to the venue.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.6% in midday trading to 2,589.65.

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Habit’s Bendel Cooks Up Burger Sales

Chain’s Popularity Grows As CEO Avoids Limelight

When business is about tortoises and hares, Habit Restaurants Inc. Chief Executive Russ Bendel is quite content to be the turtle.

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HFC Buys 4th Franchiser

Home Franchise Concepts in Irvine on Jan. 1 bought AdvantaClean in Huntersville, N.C., on undisclosed term, its fourth home-improvement franchise system. It already owned Budget Blinds, Tailored Living and Concrete Craft.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.3% in midday trading to 2,513.91.

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Bellwether Boosting Hospitality Work

REAL ESTATE: Grippo jumps on board

Bellwether Financial Group’s naming of Irvine Co. veteran Ralph Grippo as a principal provides a signal on the future direction of the company’s coastal projects, including a $338 million renovation of Dana Point Harbor.

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