Mediha DiMartino

Staff Reporter

Mediha DiMartino covers retail, manufacturing and the ports. She can be reached at

Phone: 949-813-7384

Recent Stories

Pandemic-Driven Demand Boosts Port Logistics Group

While the Covid-19 pandemic has shuttered entire industries over the past year, it has fast-tracked Port Logistics Group’s expansion into ecommerce.

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Ports Set Records With February Cargo Volume

February cargo volume at the San Pedro Bay port complex was off the charts compared to dismal stats from the same period last year.

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CPK Will Move Headquarters to Costa Mesa

California Pizza Kitchen Inc., which just signed a multiyear deal to become the official pizza of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is leaving L.A. County and heading to Costa Mesa.

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HydraFacial Preps for IPO

Less than a decade after its founders sold HydraFacial Co. for $40.6 million, the skincare-focused manufacturer traded hands again in December.

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Canoo Reveals Electric Pickup Truck

News of Canoo Inc.’s first pickup truck leaked ahead of a scheduled March 11 announcement.

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Big 5 Rebounds to Post $1 Billion in Revenue

Last March, at the outset of the pandemic, shares of Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. dipped below $1.

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Sweetgreen Plans to Be Carbon Neutral by 2027

Sweetgreen Inc. spent a good part of 2020 reorganizing its operations to manage a pandemic-related drop in sales.

Fred Segal Remembered as Icon Who Made California Style Cool

Fred Segal, the famed retailer who died Feb. 25 at age 87 of complications from a stroke, will be remembered as an icon and innovator of Los Angeles fashion.

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WaBa Grill Names Kim as President, CEO

WaBa Grill Franchise Corp. is reshuffling its executive suite, with the City of Industry-based fast-casual restaurant chain promoting Andrew Kim to president and chief executive.

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Powered Brands Gets Off to Strong Start With $276 Million IPO

Two local executives with a track record of creating and investing in consumer-centric brands are off to a new, public venture.

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