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SPORTs Biz: Padres Improve Petco’s Roster Of Amenities, OptionsUpgrades this year to Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres and seemingly always getting tweaked in places, may be the most extensive in the ballpark’s history — all geared toward making the experience in the stands a more enjoyable complement to the action on the field.

By Mike Allen March 21, 2014 12:19 p.m.   $$ Share
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Bumble Bee Seafoods Completes Move into New East Village Headquarters

San Diego-based Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC has completed the relocation of its corporate headquarters to the historic Showley Bros. Candy Factory building in East Village, near Petco Park.

GroundMetrics Raises $2.73M in Funding Round

San Diego-based GroundMetrics Inc. — which offers technology services to the oil and gas industry — said that it raised $2.73 million in its series B funding round.

Local Call Center Company Changes Its Name

Intelicare Direct is the new name for Desert Call Connection, the Kearny Mesa-based business announced recently.

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Trigild Partners on $16.5 Million Acquisition of Santa Cruz Hotel

San Diego-based Trigild and Blu Hotel Investors of Santa Barbara have completed a $16.5 million acquisition of a 100-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Santa Cruz.

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Petco Names President of Unleashed Division

Petco, the San Diego based pet foods retailer, said it named Brad Weston president of its Unleashed by Petco division.

Nominations for “Best of the Bar” Close May 2

The San Diego Business Journal will soon be closing nominations for its inaugural Best of the Bar 2014 supplement. Nominations must be received by Friday, May 2.

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Ace Parking Installs Solar-Powered Charging Station at Downtown Lot

Ace Parking has a new solar-powered vehicle charging station available at its 1220 Union St. location in downtown, the company said.

SDSU Names New Dean of College of Business Administration

San Diego State University has named an academic from Illinois to be the dean of its business school.

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Fans Run Up the Region's Economic Score From Bowl Games

San Diego’s two postseason college football games generated an economic impact to the region of $30.8 million last December, up nearly $2 million from the prior year, according to the San Diego Bowl Game Association, which commissioned a study.

$6.5M Donation to UCSD Will Fund Eye Research Lab

grateful patient has gifted University of California, San Diego $6.5 million to establish the Richard C. Atkinson Laboratory for Regenerative Ophthalmology at the university’s Shiley Eye Center.

County Unemployment Rate Is Down Slightly in March

San Diego’s unemployment rate fell slightly to 6.9 percent in March from 7 percent in February, as the region gained 12,700 nonfarm jobs, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.

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Dickey’s Barbecue Opens Its First Local Restaurant in San Marcos

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has opened at 763 Center Drive in San Marcos. It is the first San Diego County location for Dallas-based Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc.

Carlsbad Company Participates in White House Conference on Solar Energy

Carlsbad-based Everyday Energy took part in a White House conference on solar energy April 17.

Rubio's to Hold Job Fairs to Fill Numerous Positions

Carlsbad-based Rubio’s Restaurants, now in five states and about 200 stores, said it needs to fill about 3,000 positions as it enters the busy summer season, and is holding job fairs next week to find the right team members.

F.A.I.T.H. Resources Merges With Irvine Recruitment Firm

F.A.I.T.H. Resources, recruitment and staffing firm originally formed in San Diego, said it merged with Advantage Placements, an Irvine recruitment firm, and moved its corporate headquarters to Newport Beach.