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Slater’s 50/50 Restaurants to be Sold

Scott Slater, whose University Heights eatery S&M Sausage and Meat closed last month, said this week he will sell his six-unit chain of Slater’s 50/50 restaurants, best known for burgers half-bacon and half-ground beef.

SDG&E Inks Deal to Convert Part of its Fleet into Hybrid Vehicles

San Diego Gas & Electric has arranged to buy systems for converting part of its truck fleet into plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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Frederick W. Pierce Named Chairman of SDSU Business College Board

A San Diego State University alumnus who runs a student housing company has been chosen to head the university’s College of Business Administration board of directors.

Startup Empyr Partners With Yelp

San Diego startup Empyr, which runs an online-to-offline ad marketing platform, has partnered with review website Yelp to allow the businesses listed on the site to offer users cash back discounts on in-store purchases.

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Anthony’s Fish Grotto Plans Jan. 31 Closing for San Diego Restaurant

Operators of Anthony’s Fish Grotto have announced a Jan. 31 closing for the iconic San Diego restaurant, after 52 years at its current Harbor Drive location and 70 years total on the downtown waterfront.

Chula Vista Distributor Acquired by New York Competitor

Plastics & Metals Enterprises, a Chula Vista-based provider of plastic and metal sheets, tubes and rods that does business as Cal Plastics and Metals Inc., has been acquired by a large competitor based in Orchard Park, N.Y.

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Operators Complete $12 Million Renovation of DoubleTree Hotel

Operators of the 174-room Hotel Karlan have completed a $12 million renovation and rebranding of the DoubleTree hotel in San Diego’s Carmel Highland community.

Lyft Study Says Ride-Sharing Co. Boosted S.D. Econonmy by $48.5 Million

The ride-hailing company Lyft said it will have given the San Diego economy a $48.5 million boost by the end of 2016, according to a study the company commissioned.

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Corless Named Chief People Officer at Sunrise Management

San Diego-headquartered Sunrise Management, which oversees apartments and other multifamily properties, has named Marc Corless to the position of chief people officer.

UC San Diego Plans New Educational, Cultural Center in East Village

The University of California San Diego has announced plans for a new cultural and education center in downtown San Diego, as part of a mixed-use project in East Village proposed by developer Holland Partner Group.

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National Pen Co. Acquired by Dutch Firm for $218 Million

San Diego-based National Pen Co. LLC, a maker and marketer of writing instruments and other customized products for promotional purposes, has been acquired by Dutch company Cimpress N.V. The company will remain in San Diego.

Sempra Subsidiary Supports Pilot Program for Hydrogen Energy Project

A pilot program funded by a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy is producing hydrogen from excess renewable energy then using the gas for heating and other purposes.

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Liberty Public Market Ranks 13th Among U.S. Food Halls

San Diego’s Liberty Public Market in Point Loma placed at No. 13 in a recent national ranking of the top 20 food halls, as part of an urban retail report by brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield.

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Crowne Plaza Hanalei Hotel in Mission Valley Gets New Owner

A private client of Irvine-based Brighton Management has purchased the 419-room Crowne Plaza Hanalei hotel in Mission Valley, according to brokerage firm CBRE Group Inc. The price was initially not disclosed by the buyer or seller, but was subsequently reported by CoStar Group at approximately $49 million.

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US Grant Hotel Nears Completion of $13 Million Revamp

Operators are nearing completion of a $13 million revamp of downtown San Diego’s The US Grant hotel, which included an update of its lobby, meeting and wedding venues, fitness center and all 270 guest rooms.