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Here is the Irvine Company’s $200 million plan for the old Macy’s space at Irvine Spectrum

A Hello Kitty-themed restaurant serving coffee and cocktails. Handcrafted ice cream stuffed inside a doughnut. Slick Americana socks designed for punks and poets.

That’s the vision for a $200 million expansion of the Irvine Spectrum Center, one of Orange County’s busiest malls. On Thursday, the Irvine Co. revealed the first wave of 14 retailers and restaurants slated to open this summer in the former Macy’s space. Tenants range from local retail and food hotshots to international brands such as Hello Kitty Cafe, H&M, Sephora and 85°C Bakery Café.

Do fast-food price wars suggest recession ahead?

I’ve long been a “discountologist” specializing in “couponology.”

This is the art of tracking merchants who are significantly slashing prices and which ones are simply “marketing” with fairly ordinary deals.

This analysis of bargains comes in handy when managing household finances. But I also use it as a reliable economic indicator.

It’s an odd practice requiring some backward logic. A flood of discounts may be good for your finances but it might also signal bosses are getting desperate — and your job security could be at risk.

Remember all those great deals you could get … during the Great Recession?

Welcome to 2018 and

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Amazon will buy Target this year, one analyst predicts

Amazon.com Inc.’s shakeup of the retail landscape may not be over, according to one well-known technology analyst.

The Internet giant will acquire Target Corp., Loup Venture co-founder Gene Munster wrote in a report highlighting eight predictions for the technology industry in 2018. Amazon made waves in retailing last year with its $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods Market Inc.

“Target is the ideal offline partner for Amazon for two reasons, shared demographic and manageable but comprehensive store count,” Munster wrote, noting both companies focus on mothers and families. “Getting the timing on this is difficult, but seeing the value of the

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/02/amazon-will-buy-target-this-year-one-analyst-predicts/
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Status Update: Peregrine Pharma has new CEO: South County Outreach awarded $200,000 for seniors program

The final weeks of 2017 were quiet ones for movers and shakers in Orange County. Today, we turn to the good works of local companies and events ahead in the business community. Happy New Year, readers!

Keeping seniors at home

South County Outreach has earned the 2017 Neighborhood Builders award from Bank of America for its efforts in preventing hunger and homelessness in Orange County.

Retail-restaurant roundup: Native Sons bar adds BBQ, Spanish tapas comes to Kaleidoscope; Mighty Kitchen closes

Retail-restaurant roundup: Fleming’s remodel includes lunch menu, Bella Terra adds gastropub

Irvine Habana restaurant offers the best of Cuba at the Spectrum

The Irvine Habana opened a few weeks ago. It is the second outlet for the local Cuban eatery, which first opened in 1995 at anti-mall The Lab. A bulk of the restaurant is decorated with authentic Latin-inspired artifacts -- from vintage wrought iron tables to an expansive one-ton chandelier. (Courtesy Rob Stark)
The Irvine Habana opened a few weeks ago. It is the second outlet for the local Cuban eatery, which first opened in 1995 at anti-mall The Lab.
A bulk of the restaurant is decorated with authentic Latin-inspired

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Date: 1513785891

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As holiday shopping nears, a Cal State Fullerton expert weighs in on the future of malls and online retailers

Checkout Taco Bell’s Forever 21 clothing collection of tanks, hoodies and graphic shirts

After a glamorous runway show held Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Irvine-based Taco Bell has released photos of its first ever fast fashion apparel collection.

Urban Outfitters wedding brand, BHLDN, sets up shop inside Fashion Island store