Hot Topic, Inc, (HOTT) creates and markets hot, trend-setting retail brands for the most passionate customers. HOTT brands operate in underserved niche markets and are characterized by their distinctive fashion points of view, and passionate, individualistic customers. Hot Topic offers edgy music- and pop-culture- influenced apparel and accessories for rebellious teens. Founded in 1988, Hot Topic opened its first music accessories store in Los Angeles in 1989 and in 1996 became a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol HOTT. Torrid offers on-trend fashion, lingerie and accessories for young, fashionable women who wear size 12 and up. The first Torrid store opened in 2001 in response to customer demand for fashionable plus-size apparel. In Nov., 2012, HOTT introduced Blackheart – a new lingerie store concept for girls who rock & roll, targeted to young women ages 18-30. Today, Hot Topic Inc. operates more than 800 stores and three e-commerce sites at HOTTOPIC.COM, TORRID.COM and BLACKHEARTLINGERIE.COM.