Orv Madden, former executive of The Children’s Place, began selling T-shirts and assorted novelty items out of his garage in 1988. He opened his first retail location in 1989 in the Montclair Plaza, in Montclair, California. The company operates a chain of counterculture stores, usually located in shopping malls. The stores offer clothing, accessories, and licensed music.
Despite other retailers struggling with sales at mall and department stores, Hot Topic is expanding. It’s easy to see why. Step into any location and you will see what the hot trend is right now. The company currently has 670 locations, with pop-up locations during Halloween and Christmas.
Hot Topic was one of the first youth retailers to offer plus-sized clothing. This option was so popular that the company created a spin-off dedicated solely to plus size fashion called Torrid.
Headquarters for Hot Topic are located in Industry, California.