Japanese apparel brand Uniqlo will open its first Southern California stores this fall, including one at South Coast Plaza on Sept. 3.

The chain will hire several hundred employees to run the new locations, which include Los Cerritos Center, the Glendale Galleria, the Beverly Center and Northridge Fashion Center.

Uniqlo, known for its array of basics, has 20 open stores in the U.S. and 1,200 worldwide. The brand is owned by Japanese holding company Fast Retailing Co., which also owns apparel names such as Theory and Helmut Lang, which recently opened its first U.S. outlet store at Desert Hills Premium Outlets.

The first Uniqlo opened in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1984.

Uniqlo is often compared to U.S. company Gap, though its stores employ distinctive tactics, such as handing customers back their payment cards with both hands, per Japanese custom.


Komen and Knott's raise $100,000

A partnership between Costa Mesa-based Susan G. Komen Orange County and Knott's Berry Farm has raised $100,000 for uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients, according to a news release.

Knott's seeded the promotion with a $25,000 donation and sold "Pink Tickets" and "Knotts for the Cure" memorabilia to raise money for the cause.

Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., which owns Knott's, has raised nearly $1 million for Susan G. Komen in five years, the release said.


Mother's sponsors kids run

Costa Mesa's Mother's Market & Kitchen is sponsoring the Kids Run The OC, a charity event tied to OC Marathon-related events. The sponsorship will help buy 6,000 race T-shirts for children from 80 schools participating in Saturday's Kids Run The OC Training Program, which is aimed at promoting fitness among pre-adolescents, according to a news release.


Blackmarket among the 'Best of Irvine'

Blackmarket Bakery, which has locations in Costa Mesa and Irvine, has won the 2014 Best of Irvine Award in the bakery category.

"Each year, the Irvine Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category," according to a news release. "These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community."


Rutan makes donation to UCI Law

Costa Mesa-based Rutan & Tucker has agreed to donate $15,000 to the UC Irvine School of Law scholarship fund. The law firm has donated $78,000 to the law school's scholarship fund in the past five years, according to a news release.