Hot Topic, Inc., is a mall- and Web based specialty retailer operating the Hot Topic and Torrid concepts, as well as the e-space music discovery concept, ShockHound. At Hot Topic, the Company sells a selection of music/pop culture-licensed and music/pop culture-influenced apparel, accessories, music and gift items for young men and women principally between the ages of 12 and 22. At Torrid, it sells apparel, lingerie, shoes and accessories designed for various lifestyles for plus-size females between the ages of 15 and 29. At ShockHound, music lovers of all ages can come together and purchase moving picture experts group layer-3 audio (MP3s) and music merchandise, share their music interests, read the latest music news and enjoy editorial content about their favorite artists. As of January 31, 2009, the Company operated 681 Hot Topic stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, and 159 Torrid stores in 36 states.
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