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Kavita Kumar

Reporter | Retail merchandise
Kavita Kumar covers Target, Best Buy, other retailers and shopping trends.
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Target makes big push into soccer marketing

Target makes big push into soccer marketing

Retailer will be a Major League Soccer partner as well as a major sponsor of Minnesota United.
Shuttered MOA movie theaters will reopen in fall with upgrades

Shuttered MOA movie theaters will reopen in fall with upgrades

The 64,000-foot theater area will include oversized reclining chairs, gourmet food options and an assortment of wines and handcrafted cocktails.
Target shares drop 6 percent after it reveals the holiday season was rough

Target shares drop 6 percent after it reveals the holiday season was rough

The Minneapolis-based retailer lowered its sales and profit guidance for the fourth quarter.
Christopher & Banks CEO is out; stock plunges 30 percent

Christopher & Banks CEO is out; stock plunges 30 percent

LuAnn Via will receive a $850,000 severance, an amount equal to her annual base salary, and be paid for accrued vacation and other incentives.
Obituary: Manuel Roman, interpreter, brought a calming touch to the courtroom

Obituary: Manuel Roman, interpreter, brought a calming touch to the courtroom

Manuel Roman pored over Spanish-English dictionaries in his spare time, seeking out the obscure words to make sure he had a command of both languages…
Despite some bad news from major retailers, holiday sales nationwide were up 4 percent

Despite some bad news from major retailers, holiday sales nationwide were up 4 percent

Results illustrate shift in consumer spending habits.
Lifetouch to close 136 Target portrait studios at end of month

Lifetouch to close 136 Target portrait studios at end of month

Retailer evaluating how to fill the spaces.
Target invests in Mpls. start-up that helps retailers monitor supply chains

Target invests in Mpls. start-up that helps retailers monitor supply chains

Company raises $3.7 million after participating in a retail accelerator program Target ran.
Barnes & Noble to close prominent, two-story Nicollet Mall store

Barnes & Noble to close prominent, two-story Nicollet Mall store

The news comes the same week that Macy's said it would close its Nicollet Mall store.
Sears stores in Coon Rapids and Mankato among 150 U.S. closings

Sears stores in Coon Rapids and Mankato among 150 U.S. closings

The move comes after Macy's and the Limited announced their own retail closings this week.
Macy's closure reflects dramatic shifts in shopping patterns

Macy's closure reflects dramatic shifts in shopping patterns

While the downtown Minneapolis landmark survived the rise of suburban shopping malls and big-box stores, it couldn't withstand the threats of online shopping, fast-fashion stores and discount, offprice chains.
Dec. 22: Mall of America movie theaters will close next week for good

Dec. 22: Mall of America movie theaters will close next week for good

A new entertainment venue will open there next year, but the mall isn't saying what it is yet.
Amazon primed to deliver until midnight Christmas Eve in Twin Cities

Amazon primed to deliver until midnight Christmas Eve in Twin Cities

As the top of an hour approached, about 15 drivers began filing into Amazon's Prime Now hub in Minneapolis. The first eight lined up, then…
More in the Twin Cities want Santa to bring tickets instead of stuff

More in the Twin Cities want Santa to bring tickets instead of stuff

Travel and entertainment rose to the No. 2 spot, up from No. 6 last year, on an annual holiday spending survey of Twin Cities consumers. It was surpassed only by the perennial list topper: gift cards.

Minneapolis tech firm SPS Commerce gets retailers through busiest month of online orders

Mpls.-based SPS is on high alert to get retailers through busiest season.
Williams-Sonoma's closing highlights MOA's struggle with home stores

Williams-Sonoma's closing highlights MOA's struggle with home stores

The exit raises a concern about how well home stores fit at megamall.
Multicultural dolls a hit for Target and other retailers

Multicultural dolls a hit for Target and other retailers

As consumers finish up their holiday shopping in the coming weeks, they will find a markedly more diverse selection of dolls to choose from at big-box stores.
Influential Apple analyst Gene Munster starting Minneapolis venture capital firm

Influential Apple analyst Gene Munster starting Minneapolis venture capital firm

The analyst spent 21 years at Piper Jaffray.
Amazon looks to hire 1,000 more workers in Shakopee

Amazon looks to hire 1,000 more workers in Shakopee

The full-time, year-round positions are on top of 1,500 already at Shakopee facility.
This Christmas, Hatchimals could be bigger than Tickle Me Elmo

This Christmas, Hatchimals could be bigger than Tickle Me Elmo

Retailers and analysts say they have not seen consumers this enthusiastic about a toy since Tickle Me Elmo.
Christopher & Banks reports solid results from third quarter

Christopher & Banks reports solid results from third quarter

The Plymouth-based retailer said sales and profits are on an upswing; stock rises 22 percent.
Cyber Monday sales again break record

Cyber Monday sales again break record

Minnesotans spent $250 million online that day, up 17 percent from 2015.
Mall of America's big Thanksgiving gamble paid off in record Friday traffic

Mall of America's big Thanksgiving gamble paid off in record Friday traffic

Black Friday traffic, after Mall of America stayed closed on Thursday, broke records.
Mall of America has a busier Black Friday than usual, shoppers say

Mall of America has a busier Black Friday than usual, shoppers say

After closing on the holidays, lines formed to get the specials of the day.
Retailers have high hopes as Black Friday kicks off

Retailers have high hopes as Black Friday kicks off

While the final numbers on Thanksgiving Day traffic won't be in for days, some Twin Cities store managers said the crowds seemed larger.
Target extends Cyber Monday deal by a day — and also to stores

Target extends Cyber Monday deal by a day — and also to stores

The retailer hopes to make the sale both more profitable and without the online glitches of last year.
Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly smiling over the retailer's holiday prospects

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly smiling over the retailer's holiday prospects

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly delights in proving wrong the naysayers who thought Amazon would put Best Buy out of business. To the contrary, he says, there's room in the market for both to win.
Best Buy continues to outperform even while Samsung recall dents holiday momentum

Best Buy continues to outperform even while Samsung recall dents holiday momentum

The company's stock jumped sharply to its highest level in more than six years.
Target lifts holiday forecast after surprising 3rd quarter

Target lifts holiday forecast after surprising 3rd quarter

Executives are more optimistic for the year-end shopping boom after a strong back-to-school season.
Only 3 Mall of America stores will be open on Thanksgiving

Only 3 Mall of America stores will be open on Thanksgiving

Some skeptics wondered if the Mall of America would really stay closed on Thanksgiving after giving individual stores the option to stay open.Turns out, the…
Zara opens Wednesday at Mall of America

Zara opens Wednesday at Mall of America

The much-anticipated Spanish retailer should be big draw, along with selected designer brands.
Capella University interim president Dick Senese hired for the full-time job

Capella University interim president Dick Senese hired for the full-time job

The current interim leader hopes to expand flexible programs for students.
Target opening at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving, Best Buy at 5 p.m.

Target opening at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving, Best Buy at 5 p.m.

Although the Mall of America closing started a small movement to move Black Friday back to Friday, most big box retailers are still opening on the holiday.
Target hires another supply chain executive — this time from Wal-Mart

Target hires another supply chain executive — this time from Wal-Mart

Shekar Natarajan will fill a newly created senior vice president position.
Target, Best Buy can't wait for shoppers to shift out of election mode

Target, Best Buy can't wait for shoppers to shift out of election mode

Among those who will be cheering this week for the end of this highly contentious and emotionally draining election season are America's retailers, now itching for shoppers to get into the holiday spirit.
Christopher & Banks reports sales bump this fall

Christopher & Banks reports sales bump this fall

Preliminary results from the third quarter are a positive step, CEO says.
Target's grocery chief Anne Dament is leaving after 18 months

Target's grocery chief Anne Dament is leaving after 18 months

Dament was one of CEO Brian Cornell's first major hires.
More of Target's advertising reaching out to Hispanics as customer demographics change

More of Target's advertising reaching out to Hispanics as customer demographics change

More holiday advertising targeted at Hispanics is one example of the retailer's emphasis on attracting new customers.
Best Buy's holiday campaign stars Don Rickles, Bobby Flay

Best Buy's holiday campaign stars Don Rickles, Bobby Flay

The retailer's tagline for the year-end shopping season is "Holiday Gifting Made Easy."
Why you'll probably see more Target ads on TV this holiday season

Why you'll probably see more Target ads on TV this holiday season

The Minneapolis-based retailer hopes to revive seasonal sales with the campaign, which will focus more on promotions.
Best Buy again offering free shipping through holiday season

Best Buy again offering free shipping through holiday season

Move simplifies message, helps electronics retailer compete with Amazon.
Target's nightly light show a 'digital mood ring' for Minneapolis

Target's nightly light show a 'digital mood ring' for Minneapolis

Retailer's in-house creative team designs no-branding displays that grace the sky
Mall of America is stepping up its digital game with virtual reality, robots

Mall of America is stepping up its digital game with virtual reality, robots

The mall has started using virtual reality and robots and is exploring augmented reality to engage potential customers
First Wal-Mart Academy class in Minnesota graduates

First Wal-Mart Academy class in Minnesota graduates

Housed in the Maple Grove store, the training program trains lower-level managers about customer, employee skills.
Former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf steps down from Target board

Former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf steps down from Target board

Stumpf had resigned from the bank last week amid a scandal over the firm's sales practices.
Mall of America continues its quest to be the biggest

Mall of America continues its quest to be the biggest

Last year's $325 million expansion restored the MOA's bragging rights as the nation's biggest mall. But it is unlikely to end the ongoing pressure that malls feel to get bigger and glitzier.
If you wanted those 'Golden Girls' action figures, you are too late

If you wanted those 'Golden Girls' action figures, you are too late

The limited-edition dolls quickly sell out on Target.com.
Mall of America takes bold stand by closing on Thanksgiving

Mall of America takes bold stand by closing on Thanksgiving

The Mall of America's 520-plus stores will have the option to open on the holiday, but mall executives expect that most will decide to remain closed.
A free MBA? In exchange for working in the Midwest for 2 years?

A free MBA? In exchange for working in the Midwest for 2 years?

The Twin Cities area, with its 17 Fortune 500 companies, qualifies as "underserved," according to the Stanford effort. What's the catch?
Best Buy will highlight products by start-ups in section of store, website

Best Buy will highlight products by start-ups in section of store, website

New program offers manufacturing and marketing support.
Jason Goldberger, Target's chief digital officer, leaves company

Jason Goldberger, Target's chief digital officer, leaves company

The job will be split between Mike McNamara and Mark Tritton.
Bonobos showroom headed to former Sex World building

Bonobos showroom headed to former Sex World building

The area is becoming a hot spot for men's boutiques.
Target announces it will buy back another $5 billion in shares

Target announces it will buy back another $5 billion in shares

With fewer store openings, the company is looking to use its cash.
Target's first tech incubator with Techstars already hatching tangible results

Target's first tech incubator with Techstars already hatching tangible results

Six of 11 start-ups forge partnerships with the Minneapolis-based retailer.
Wal-Mart launches online grocery pickup at four Twin Cities stores

Wal-Mart launches online grocery pickup at four Twin Cities stores

Wal-Mart is launching the service on Wednesday in Cottage Grove, Oak Park Heights and Monticello, with Maple Grove to follow on Oct. 6.
CEO Brian Cornell rallies his Target team for the critical holiday season

CEO Brian Cornell rallies his Target team for the critical holiday season

14,000 red-clad employees hear sales pitches from executives at Target Center
Google Express brings its two-day delivery service to Twin Cities

Google Express brings its two-day delivery service to Twin Cities

Delivery options for time-strapped customers is becoming flush locally.
What's next for Target's mojo? That's the job for its new chief merchant

What's next for Target's mojo? That's the job for its new chief merchant

In choosing the products to stock, Mark Tritton controls the direction of the retailer's evolution.
Start-ups in Target's Techstars accelerator race to finish line

Start-ups in Target's Techstars accelerator race to finish line

Target's Techstar entrepreneurs are close to turning their ideas into fully formed firms
InvestMNt conference draws pitches, cautionary tales

InvestMNt conference draws pitches, cautionary tales

At Minnesota's biggest investment conference, analysts sort out the good, bad and the foolish.
Best Buy shares boast biggest one-day jump in a decade

Best Buy shares boast biggest one-day jump in a decade

Stock sees best one-day gain in decade after sales increase surprises analysts.
Best Buy opens connected home display in Mall of America

Best Buy opens connected home display in Mall of America

Display at MOA is part of the retail chain's 50th anniversary celebration.
College campus is next big retail battleground for Target, Amazon and more

College campus is next big retail battleground for Target, Amazon and more

The checkout lane at the mini-Target store in Dinkytown is lined with the holy trifecta of many college diets: mac & cheese, Ramen noodles and…
Target cuts ties with vendor for deceptively selling Egyptian cotton sheets

Target cuts ties with vendor for deceptively selling Egyptian cotton sheets

Sheets were labled as Egyptian cotton when they were not.

Evine Live makes interim CEO permanent

Bob Rosenblatt took over day-to-day operations in February.
First sales drop in two years sends Target execs scrambling for answers

First sales drop in two years sends Target execs scrambling for answers

The company's second-quarter results and forecast were yet more proof that consumer spending patterns have been changing.
Target will spend $20 million to add private restrooms to stores

Target will spend $20 million to add private restrooms to stores

Target Corp. will spend $20 million this year to add family restrooms to the rest of its stores to appease critics upset with its policy…
Amazon starts free restaurant delivery to Mpls. Prime members

Amazon starts free restaurant delivery to Mpls. Prime members

A number of start-ups have begun delivery service in the Twin Cities recently, but Amazon hopes to stand out by offering the deliveries free to its Prime members.
Two Minneapolis hotels part of nationwide security breach

Two Minneapolis hotels part of nationwide security breach

Owner HEI Hotels and Resorts said hackers installed malicious software on its systems
Looking to close 100 stores, Macy's still talking about Minneapolis remake plan

Looking to close 100 stores, Macy's still talking about Minneapolis remake plan

The company has also been looking to do more with stores it considers flagships, including the Nicollet Mall location.

Target hires another former Amazon employee to work on supply chain

Preston Mosier will become senior VP of fulfillment operations.
These Red Wing boots are made for women to walk in (finally)

These Red Wing boots are made for women to walk in (finally)

Sales of small sizes in men's line spurred Minnesota company to revive its vintage line for today's rugged fashionistas.
Target starts selling rival Amazon's products again after 4-year hiatus

Target starts selling rival Amazon's products again after 4-year hiatus

Amazon's Kindle readers and tablet are available online now, will be in stores in October.
Instacart now delivers alcohol from Total Wine, Liquor Boy around Twin Cities

Instacart now delivers alcohol from Total Wine, Liquor Boy around Twin Cities

It's new program follows Amazon's debut last week.
Some of Best Buy's Samsung mini-shops are closing, others expanding

Some of Best Buy's Samsung mini-shops are closing, others expanding

The retailer is closing some of its stores within a store, while expanding others.
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