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Dine Brands, Builder to Open 15 IHOPs in Toronto

Dine Brands International has entered into a franchising agreement with construction firm Minhas Holdings, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, to bring more than a dozen IHOP diners to the Toronto market.

IHOP Inks Largest Franchise Agreement

Dine Brands Global drives international expansion.

Dine Brands Global Inc., the Glendale restauranteur which owns the IHOP and Applebee’s chains, has signed a franchise development agreement with TravelCenters of America Inc. to open 94 IHOP locations throughout the U.S. over the next five years.

Godiva to Shutter or Sell All Stores

The closure includes locations at the Glendale Galleria, Camarillo Premium Outlets and Westfield Topanga mall in Woodland Hills.

Disney Announces Streaming Service Launch Dates

The Walt Disney Co. has unveiled international launch dates and pricing for its upcoming streaming service Disney+.

Flip’d by IHOP on Front Burner

Dine Brands enters fast casual sector with familiar menu.

Glendale restaurant operator Dine Brands Global Inc. announced last month a new fast-casual concept called Flip’d by IHOP, slated to launch in the spring of 2020.

SRAX Reconstitutes Microcap Index

SRAX Inc. has reconstituted its LD Micro Index, a fund comprising nearly 1,200 microcap companies in the U.S. and Canada.

AROUND THE VALLEYS

AROUND THE VALLEYS

State Orders Burgerim to Refund Franchisees

The state has ordered fast casual burger chain Burgerim to refund $57 million in franchise fees paid by more than 1,500 would-be restaurant operators after finding the Encino company violated California’s franchise regulations.

Toy Industry’s Pandemic Boom

Disney, MGA benefit from stay-at-home spending.

Toy sales in the U.S. grew 16 percent last year to $25.1 billion, according to a January report from New York research company The NPD Group.

Westlake Village’s One Capital Management Acquired by Canadian Company

Canadian wealth management company CI Financial Corp. announced Monday it has acquired a majority interest in One Capital Management, an investment advisory firm in Westlake Village. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

IHOP to Debut Fast Casual Concept in Early 2020

Glendale restaurant operator Dine Brands Global Inc. announced Wednesday plans to launch a new fast-casual concept called Flip’d by IHOP in spring of 2020.

Forever 21 Announces Potential Closure Locations

Fast-fashion house Forever 21 has announced a list of retail locations at risk to close amidst the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, including several stores in the Valley.

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Dine Brands to Open IHOP Locations in Pakistan

Dine Brands Global Inc. has made a deal to open International House of Pancakes locations in Pakistan.

New Manager at Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

San Fernando Valley’s largest hotel has a new managing director.

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Data Cleaning Sets Feedonomics for New Markets

Internal team works on automating processes to avoid efficiency bottlenecks.

As e-commerce sites continue to attract more shoppers than traditional brick-and-mortar stores, Feedonomics Inc. has emerged to help retailers adapt and succeed in the online market.

Ralphs Extends Hero Pay, Accepts SNAP

Grocery chain Ralphs has extended its “hero pay” for hourly employees as the coronavirus outbreak persists in Southern California.

Groceries ‘Normalizing’ Again

Grocers in the Valley region are beginning to see a return to regular operations after being hammered in recent weeks by huge crowds and product sellouts prompted by the coronavirus scare.

Britto Brightens Lamps Plus

Brazilian designer launches new collection for lighting retailer.

Engaging Guests

TECHNOLOGY: Hub101 startup Whistle helps hoteliers communicate with their customers and staff.

Westlake Village startup Whistle has a communication platform to connect guests with hotel staff and management.

Tot Squad Sells Baby Equipment Cleaning Business

Infant services platform Tot Squad in Sherman Oaks has sold its baby equipment cleaning business to BabyQuip, a rental service for baby gear based in the Bay Area.