Mariel Concepcion

Staff Reporter

Email: mconcepcion@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-277-6359 Extension: 3114

Recent Stories

Chuze Fitness Brings In $59M in 2018

SPORT: Hospitality, Tiered Pricing System Pay Off

For Cory Brightwell, CEO of the San Diego-based Chuze Fitness chain, with seven locations locally and 26 throughout the Southwest, what has kept the company steadily growing the past 11 years has been one thing: its focus on the guest experience.

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Zovio Inc. Announces Expected Layoffs in WARN Filing

Formerly known as Bridgepoint Education, Zovio Inc. could lay off up to 248 employees.

International Smoke Sees Right Ingredients For S.D. Location

New Eatery Appreciates Foodie Reputation, Access to Quality Foods

Ayesha Curry isn’t letting recent bad publicity — or her husband, NBA Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry’s highly-anticipated NBA Finals run — distract her from growing her booming food business.

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Jack in the Box Inc. Announces Refinancing Transactions

According a news release, the senior credit facility is comprised of an outstanding term loan of $315 million and revolving credit facility of $739.4 million.

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Curriculum Promoting Social Harmony Expands With Gift

EDUCATION: Local Banker’s Big Donation Pays Dividends at School

Since receiving a landmark $100 million gift from philanthropist and La Jolla resident T. Denny Sanford in 2018, San Diego-based National University System has continued to grow its Sanford Harmony program both locally and globally.

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Battle of the Beers Reveals Some Strong Local Breweries

State Fair Beer Competition Provides Chance to Standout

The local craft beer scene may be oversaturated. But, the good news is that just means there are plenty of really good San Diego-brewed offerings to choose from.

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USD Faculty to Travel To Mexico to Teach Leadership Program

First Time USD Degree To Be Offered Outside The United States

The University of San Diego School of Business has teamed up with Centro de Ensenanza Tecnica y Superior (CETYS) to offer CETYS University graduate students the opportunity to obtain the USD Master of Science in Global Leadership degree in conjunction with an MBA from CETYS at their campus in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.

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Uber to Begin Delivering Food by Drones This Summer

Uber will begin delivering food via drone this summer.

Fashion Valley TopShop Store to Close, Pending Buyer

The closing may come as early as Jun 19, 2019. As a result, 43 employees, including 24 sales personnel, will be terminated.

Chosen’s Choice Is a Fruitful One for the Food Company

FOOD: Avocado-Centric Fare Powers Strong Growth

For Gabriel Perez Krieb, CEO of San Diego-based Chosen Foods, it was a no-brainer to step in and acquire parts of the avocado oil company as soon as that became an option…. twice.

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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants to Close Mission Valley Location

Approximately 79 employees, including 12 hosts and 26 servers, will be terminated as a result.

Six San Diego Breweries Voted No.1 in 2019 California Beer Competition

The judging took place earlier this month and included only beers brewed and available for sale in California.

USD and Mexico-Based CETYS University to Offer Dual Graduate Degrees

This marks the first time a USD degree is offered and granted outside of United States soil, according to a press release.

Games Over: ANOC Event Cancels on S.D.

Lack of Sponsorships For Group’s Inaugural Event Cited

After winning a three-year bidding war against other U.S. cities and seven countries to host the inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games this year, San Diego will no longer host the 2019 event.

FTD Bankruptcy Puts ProFlowers in Hands Of Private Equity Firm

P.E. Firm to Buy ProFlowers for $95M; 167 Face Layoffs

ProFlowers, headquartered in San Diego, will close its local facility and lay off 167 employees, according to a WARN filing with the Employment Development Department (EDD).

Jack’s Leader Faces Old, New Challenges With Decision Not to Sell

DINING:

Lenny Comma, CEO of San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc., isn’t one for gossip. He won’t talk extensively about the NFA, or the National Jack in the Box Franchisee Association, which has called for the replacement of Comma multiple times in the last few months following a vote of “no confidence."

Qdoba Officially Moves into Amp&rsand Office Building

According to press release, Qdoba's new offices are located in the Amp&rsand office complex, the former San Diego Union Tribune building, and will be dubbed the “Qdoba Flavor Central.”

ProFlowers to Close San Diego Facility, Lay-Off 167 Local Employees

The announcement preceded a press release by FTD Companies Inc., parent company to ProFlowers, stating it is filing for bankruptcy protection.

ANOC World Beach Games Won’t Take Place in San Diego

According to a news release, ANOC has decided to relocate to a new host city that can provide "the best possible environment for NOC’s and their athletes.”

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Inventor Takes the Stylish Route With Twist It Up Comb

STARTUP: ‘Shark Tank’ Boosts Interest; Co. Battles Knock Offs

Founded in 2016 by CEO Noel Durity, a San Diego-based real estate broker, Twist It Up Comb came about after Durity realized using an actual tennis racket in a circular motion to twist his afro-centric hair was not only functional, but also cost-effective and sanitary; most twisting products currently in the market are porous sponges that tend to wear out after time.

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San Diego Restaurants Make Michelin Affordable Restaurants List

Cucina Sorella in Kensington and Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill, El Jardin in Point Loma, Juniper & Ivy in Little Italy, Kettner Exchange also in Little Italy, Lola 55 in the East Village and Solare at Liberty Station all made this year’s list.

JetBlue Operations to Relocate to Terminal 1 at SAN

According to a news release, the move is part of the second phase of SAN’s airline relocation efforts to improve services.

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Societe Brewing Partners with Scout for Distribution

According to a news release, Societe self-distributed for seven years, since launching in 2012.

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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Has Prescription for Success, Social Change

Retail: Dr. Bronner’s $122.5M in Revenue Expected to Grow 10% in 2019

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the Vista-based soap-making company founded in 1948, has long been known for its Fair-Trade and organic castile soaps, lotions, cleaners and other personal care and home care products.

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Jack in the Box Adds Two New Directors to Board

According to a news release, Jean M. Birch and John P. Gainor will each serve on the Compensation and Nominating & Governance Committees of the Jack in the Box Inc. board.

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Entrepreneur Adds Beauty, Wellness Opportunity to Her Ventures

RETAIL: Plans Complete Line of Hemp-Based Products Free of THC

For the last 20 years or so, Gina Champion-Cain has made a name for herself in San Diego, mostly in the real estate, hospitality and retail industries.

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North San Diego Business Chamber Elects New Directors

According to a news release, Denise Visconti, the current Chamber board chair, will continue a second term leading the directors.

Fashion Valley Mall Launches Lyft Rideshare Program

The program will use carbon neutral rides and will offer shared rides in an effort to fight climate change and be sustainable.

Pacific Surf Designs Wins Appeal Decision

According to a press release, this victory comes after other wins against Surf Waves, Ltd., and Flowrider Surf, Ltd., both affiliates of Whitewater West Industries.

Valley View Casino & Hotel to Reveal Expansion

According to a news release, the previous 100,000 square foot casino and restaurant space will now be 143,000 square feet.

At This Pancake House, Even the Décor Is Delicious

DINING: Attention to Detail Goes From Pay to Product Freshness and More

Richard Walker Sr. is the owner of two Richard Walker’s Pancake House restaurants in Chicago and the flagship downtown location in San Diego. Richard Walker Jr. is the owner of the La Jolla property as well as the latest addition up in Carlsbad.

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The Patio Group Appoints New Vice President of Operations

According to a news release, Eric Bauer, who comes from Zume Inc. in San Francisco, a delivery-only pizza company powered by robots, assumed his new position earlier this month.

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San Diego Tech Company, Ensight Technologies, to Help with Parking

According to a press release, EnSight, also headquartered in San Diego, is an intelligent camera-based solution that is less costly and requires less infrastructure than traditional parking guidance systems.

Chuze Fitness Names New Chief Marketing Officer

According to a press release, Billy Grenham, Chuze Fitness' new CMO. will be based in the company's San Diego headquarters.

Petco Opens Its First Health and Wellness Kitchen

RETAIL: Co. Bans Pet Foods Containing Certain Ingredients

Petco Animal Supplies Inc., a San Diego-based pet supply retailer, in conjunction with JustFoodForDogs, a California-headquartered company that makes preservative-free food for dogs, will open its first health and wellness kitchen for dogs at its flagship store in New York City.

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Vista’s NuZee Coffee to Open Facility in Texas

BEVERGE: It Plans To Add Production Capacity to Vista HQ

Vista-Based NuZee Inc., a specialty coffee company founded in 2011 and with 15 local employees, will open a new facility in Texas. According to a news release, the Plano, Texas, location will support the company’s pour over co-packing services business.

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Jack in the Box Won’t Sell, to Pursue Securitization

This concludes the company’s search for strategic and financing alternatives, the business said in a news release.

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Port of San Diego Selects Developer for Shared Hospitality Pod Hotel

According to a news release, the shared pod hotel concept is expected to be one of the first of its kind in the country.

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NuZee Coffee Co. to Open Facility in Texas

According to a news release, the Plano, Texas, expansion will support NuZee's pour over co-packing services business.

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Culinary Ambitions Heat Up as Michelin Comes to Town

DINING: Rating System’s Recognition to Show Advances in Food Scene

By the end of the summer, San Diego plans to join the elite group of cities in the state of California — so far, only San Francisco — to feature Michelin-rated restaurants.

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Jerome’s Furniture Launches 3-D Augmented Reality App

According to a press release, the Marxent 3D Room Designer is available on the Jerome's Furniture website and will be available as an app on smart phone devices soon.

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Lawyers Club of San Diego Appoints New President

Previously, Cortez worked as a liaison for the San Diego County Bar and then as a co-chair at the Diverse Women’s Committee.

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Petco to Open Its First In-Store Health and Wellness Kitchen for Dogs

According to a press release, the JustFoodForDogs 1,350-square-foot kitchen to be housed at Petco's flagship store in New York City will prepare 2,000 pounds of fresh, human-grade pet food daily, seven days a week.

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Paesano’s Closing; Tabu Shabu Will Take Over Lease

DINING: New Japanese Restaurant To Open in North Park

Paesano of North Park, known for its authentic Italian food and founded 50 years ago, will be closing. According to Jeff Chon, CEO and founder of Tabu Shabu, headquartered in Costa Mesa, his third location will take over the property’s lease.

Tourism and Craft Brewery Industries Remain Optimistic

ECONOMY: Despite Decreasing Numbers, Overall Outlook Is Good

The consensus of the previous Craft Brewer Confidence Index survey, released in November, was that the San Diego craft beer industry wasn’t too worried about the presence of big beer. Six months later, according the latest report, it appears some of the local brewers are finally fed up with it being there and the influence it is having on some of the smaller guys.

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Sunscreen Company Finds Its Place in the Fun

RETAIL: ‘Funscreen’ Trademark Colors and Shelf Space on Target

Sometimes, you don’t get it right on the first try — just ask Coola LLC founder and CEO, Chris Birchby.

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North Park’s Paesano’s to Close; Tabu Shabu Will Take Over Lease

According to Jeff Chon, CEO and founder of Tabu Shabu, headquartered in Costa Mesa, his third location will take over the property’s lease.

Making It Special is Key Ingredient for Doughnut Shops

As San Diego continues to establish itself as a culinary destination and with the continual growth of the made-to-order trend, the cookie-cutter version of the donut shop is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Instead, more specialty doughnut shops are popping up around town and offering a more customized approach, including build-your-own options and new flavors like tres leches and Nutella hazelnut that can be topped to customer specification.

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North Park’s Paesano’s to Close, Tabu Shabu Will Take Over Lease

According to Jeff Chon, CEO and founder of Tabu Shabu, headquartered in Costa Mesa, his third location will take over Paesano's lease in North Park.

Co. Is Taking Men’s Grooming Both Seriously and Not So Seriously

For Paul Tran, co-founder and CEO of San Diego-based Manscaped, a company that focuses on what it calls “below-the-waist grooming” products for men, a little bit of humor goes a long way.

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