Wireless Connection: Boingo Wireless Inc., a Westwood operator of Wi-Fi service and hot spots, has entered into an agreement to acquire Advanced Wireless Group, a San Gabriel provider of Wi-Fi to airports including Los Angeles International Airport. The pickup will expand Boingo’s airport wireless service. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Bon Appetit: Hakkasan, a London-based upscale Chinese restaurant chain, has opened a Beverly Hills outpost, the company’s 12th location. The new restaurant, at 233 N. Beverly Drive, will feature the chain’s traditional East-meets-West cuisine.
In Gear: Amgen Inc., the Thousand Oaks biopharmaceutical giant, has renewed its backing of the Tour of California bike race, which the company has sponsored since the event’s 2006 inception. Financial terms or length of the sponsorship were not disclosed.
Open for Business: Nordstrom Inc., a Seattle-based clothing retail chain, has opened its relocated Glendale store at the Americana at Brand retail complex. The store had been located across the street at the competing Glendale Galleria mall. Americana owner Caruso Affiliated Inc. struck a deal in May 2011 to move the store, one of the Galleria’s anchor tenants. The Americana Nordstrom is 135,000 square feet and features restaurant Bar Verde.
Swallowed Whole: Pleasant Kids Inc., a Burbank maker of bottled water for children, has been acquired in a reverse merger by Aqua, which bought all the issued and outstanding shares of Pleasant Kids. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. In connection with the deal, Pleasant Kids began trading over the counter under the symbol “NYBD”; the company has filed to change its symbol to “AQUA.”
Name Change: The parent of Wilshire State Bank said the institution would be known as Wilshire Bank effective Oct. 4. The name change will be accompanied by a new logo. The bank has 25 branches in California, Texas, New Jersey and New York.
Retail Deal: The city of West Hollywood has sold a Hollywood retail building for $3.23 million to Quixote Studios, a West Hollywood supplier of entertainment production equipment. The 4,200-square-foot property, at 6439 Santa Monica Blvd., will be used by Quixote for its photo department and a staging area for trucks.
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