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Kavita Kumar

Reporter | Retail merchandise
Kavita Kumar covers the fast-changing retail landscape. She reports about Target, Best Buy, Mall of America, and other national and local retailers as well shopping trends.
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Target to pay $18.5M to 47 states over 2013 data breach

Target to pay $18.5M to 47 states over 2013 data breach

The settlement is the largest of its kind to date.
Target CEO Brian Cornell to testify in DC against import tax

Target CEO Brian Cornell to testify in DC against import tax

Proposed rule could drive price increases for retailers.
Minnesota retail and restaurant companies strained in 2016

Minnesota retail and restaurant companies strained in 2016

The shift to online shopping once again took a toll on Minnesota's largest retailers last year.
Hammer Made men's store finds the tools to thrive as others fight to survive

Hammer Made men's store finds the tools to thrive as others fight to survive

The Eden Prairie-based upscale retailer is confident it will buck the trend of declining mall stores.
Target looks to capture more business from bankrupt retailers

Target looks to capture more business from bankrupt retailers

Sales and adjusted profit fell for the Minneapolis retail giant, but not as much as expected. And there are glimmers of strength for the rest of the year.
Target reels in another popular online brand: Casper mattresses

Target reels in another popular online brand: Casper mattresses

Casper brand products will be sold on the retailer's website beginning next month.
Alice, one of Como Zoo's gorillas, is pregnant again

Alice, one of Como Zoo's gorillas, is pregnant again

Como Zoo officials are crossing their fingers because Alice, a Western lowland gorilla, is pregnant again.
Ex-Amazon exec working to transform Target from elephant to gazelle

Ex-Amazon exec working to transform Target from elephant to gazelle

For 16 years, Arthur Valdez helped Amazon set the bar in retail for getting packages to customers at warp speed. Now he's doing the same at Target Corp.
Target to start testing regular delivery of everyday items

Target to start testing regular delivery of everyday items

Possibly as soon as next month, Target Corp. will start testing Target Restock, a program to deliver everyday household staples that is similar to Amazon's Pantry program for Prime members.
Best Buy adds home monitoring to services through Vivint partnership

Best Buy adds home monitoring to services through Vivint partnership

Vivint monitoring products will be in 400 stores by end of summer.
Target CEO made $9.1M last year, but didn't get incentive bonus

Target CEO made $9.1M last year, but didn't get incentive bonus

Compensation packages were adjusted for many executives as retailer tries to find footing.
Super Mario carts roll into some Target stores

Super Mario carts roll into some Target stores

Company's latest promotion uses carts and musics to create a store shopping experience that can't be replicated online.
Target is shutting down food lab in Massachusetts after all

Target is shutting down food lab in Massachusetts after all

An offer to buy Target's Food + Future lab surfaced at the last minute as the Minneapolis-based retailer was preparing to wind it down. But Target apparently couldn't come to terms with the buyer.
Modern furniture store Design Within Reach coming to Galleria

Modern furniture store Design Within Reach coming to Galleria

The store will be on the lower level of the Edina shopping center.
Buffalo Wild Wings to cut $40 million to $50 million in costs to improve profitability

Buffalo Wild Wings to cut $40 million to $50 million in costs to improve profitability

The chain reported another quarterly drop in profits on Wednesday amid a fight with an activist investor.

Bebe and Rue21 closing stores in Twin Cities

The latest announcement adds to an already rough start to the year for mall retailers.
Innovation chief departs Target as projects are dismantled

Innovation chief departs Target as projects are dismantled

Casey Carl, a Target Corp. lifer and currently its chief innovation and strategy officer, is leaving the company amid a narrowing of innovation efforts to those that yield faster results tied to its core business.
Target is weighing options for Food + Future lab in Cambridge, Mass.

Target is weighing options for Food + Future lab in Cambridge, Mass.

As company prepared to shut down initiative, offer possibly surfaced.
Target sharpens edge through partnerships with Harry's and Bevel razor companies

Target sharpens edge through partnerships with Harry's and Bevel razor companies

Selling Harry's and Bevel products helps the retailer with online competition.
HHGregg's demise could help Best Buy

HHGregg's demise could help Best Buy

Report says Richfield-based retailer could benefit the most after the firm closes for good.
Family Dollar, Payless ShoeSource closing several Minn. locations

Family Dollar, Payless ShoeSource closing several Minn. locations

This time, it is Family Dollar and Payless ShoeSource that will cut back on locations in the state.
Target Redcard holders will get to preshop Victoria Beckham line

Target Redcard holders will get to preshop Victoria Beckham line

The retailer has sent about 500 of its Redcard-carrying customers invitations for them and a friend to attend prelaunch events on Saturday night at five stores around the country, including the Nicollet Mall store.
Target and Wal-Mart paint diverging future strategies

Target and Wal-Mart paint diverging future strategies

While Target is focusing on its stores as "shoppable distribution centers" where people can come in and browse core products, Wal-Mart is placing higher bets on e-commerce as it looks to take on Amazon.com directly.
West Elm plans North Loop store in addition to hotel

West Elm plans North Loop store in addition to hotel

The trendy furniture store would be the brand's second in the Twin Cities after Edina.
Target CEO unveils next-generation store concept

Target CEO unveils next-generation store concept

Stores include more convenient food and online pickup areas.
Target names longtime Kroger executive Jeff Burt head of groceries

Target names longtime Kroger executive Jeff Burt head of groceries

The Minneapolis-based retailer has struggled with its grocery business.
Eight J.C. Penney stores in Minnesota are slated for closure

Eight J.C. Penney stores in Minnesota are slated for closure

The stores are in small towns and cities around the state, with none in the Twin Cities metro area.
TaskRabbit home chore business expanding to Minneapolis

TaskRabbit home chore business expanding to Minneapolis

It's one of a growing number of services in the on-demand sharing economy.
Interim Christopher & Banks CEO lays out turnaround plan

Interim Christopher & Banks CEO lays out turnaround plan

Following disappointing holiday sales, the stores will have new merchandising and marketing plans.
Realvision, Minneapolis real estate technology start-up, raises $1.3 million

Realvision, Minneapolis real estate technology start-up, raises $1.3 million

Company helps real estate agents use virtual reality technology to show off their listings.
As downtown Macy's nears close, Minnesotans remember retail icon

As downtown Macy's nears close, Minnesotans remember retail icon

Downtown Minneapolis' last remaining department store, Macy's, has been reduced to just two floors in an everything-must-go sale that is expected to end in about a week. But many Minnesotans choose to remember when the sign on the building said Dayton's.
Foodsby raises $6 million for its suburban restaurant delivery service

Foodsby raises $6 million for its suburban restaurant delivery service

Food delivery service says outlying office buildings hold the key to its growth.
Two top Best Buy executives are leaving as roles are realigned

Two top Best Buy executives are leaving as roles are realigned

It results in the exit of two leaders, as retailer pursues its new strategic plan.
Alienware PC gaming displays elbow out Intel in Best Buy stores

Alienware PC gaming displays elbow out Intel in Best Buy stores

Best Buy Co. is changing some prime real estate inside select stores to feature high-powered gaming laptops and desktops.The Richfield-based retailer is swapping out its…
Best Buy moves from Renew Blue turnaround to growth phase

Best Buy moves from Renew Blue turnaround to growth phase

With the retailer back on its feet, a focus on survival is giving way to growth.
As department stores pull back, discounters are taking off

As department stores pull back, discounters are taking off

The changing retail landscape is feeling the squeeze from the off-price sector's success as well as the Internet.
Best Buy CEO declares turnaround phase over, but there are still challenges

Best Buy CEO declares turnaround phase over, but there are still challenges

The company's stock was down 9 percent in premarket trading though as the company forecast lower sales for the coming quarter as well as lower earnings per share than analysts were expecting.
Target to reduce prices, launch new brands as sales, profits fall

Target to reduce prices, launch new brands as sales, profits fall

For the upcoming year, Target said it expects a low single-digit decline in comparable sales. Its shares plunged 13 percent.
Target stock sees largest one-day drop since 2008

Target stock sees largest one-day drop since 2008

Minneapolis-based retailer revises growth plans and lowers forecast downward for this year after missing expectations in fourth quarter.

Groceries will be a topic of interest at Target investors meeting Tuesday

Food accounts for about one-fifth of Target's overall sales but is also one of the major factors in Target's nine-month slide in traffic and comparable sales.
Trump name-checks 'Tar-zhay' in meeting with Target, Best Buy CEOs

Trump name-checks 'Tar-zhay' in meeting with Target, Best Buy CEOs

President Trump called the meeting 'a great listening session,' and said a tax proposal would be coming soon.
Target will spend $10M for full renovation of Nicollet Mall store

Target will spend $10M for full renovation of Nicollet Mall store

  Finally, some good news for Nicollet Mall. Target Corp. CEO Brian Cornell told Twin Cities business and civic leaders Thursday the company will invest…
Target launches new mini-accelerator for health-related start-ups

Target launches new mini-accelerator for health-related start-ups

The retailer's latest effort is one of a growing number of programs in the Twin Cities helping early-stage companies.
BCBG is closing 120 stores, including at Mall of America

BCBG is closing 120 stores, including at Mall of America

Among them are three in Minnesota: Two at MOA and a third at the Albertville outlets.

Start-up accelerator scene heating up in Twin Cities

More programs are choosing Minnesota for boot camps or to expose members to real-life pitches.
Target cuts innovation efforts after decline in sales, traffic

Target cuts innovation efforts after decline in sales, traffic

The Minneapolis-based retailer has killed Goldfish, a secretive e-commerce start-up it greenlighted a year ago, and has shelved a prototype for a robot-infused store of the future that was slated to be built soon in Silicon Valley, according to multiple sources.
Voxel Virtual Reality Parlour in St. Paul offers an eye-opening night out

Voxel Virtual Reality Parlour in St. Paul offers an eye-opening night out

Voxel Virtual Reality Parlour in St. Paul is part of the first crop of such businesses to bring new technology to the masses
American Apparel, Wet Seal closing remaining Twin Cities stores

American Apparel, Wet Seal closing remaining Twin Cities stores

The chains are closing stores nationwide, some of the latest mall retailers to lose ground in the highly competitive market.
Target pledges to remove PFCs, other chemicals from products

Target pledges to remove PFCs, other chemicals from products

Target Corp. is stepping up its efforts to remove potentially harmful chemicals from products and to push suppliers to disclose ingredients with a sweeping new…
North Loop becoming the place to be for retail

North Loop becoming the place to be for retail

Innovative, independent retail sites hope to be the right fit for a surging neighborhood
Target's ex-grocery chief lands new gig at Supervalu

Target's ex-grocery chief lands new gig at Supervalu

Anne Dament will be senior vice president at crosstown company.
Rick Gomez will become Target's new chief marketer

Rick Gomez will become Target's new chief marketer

Rick Gomez has pushed some of the retailer's flashier initiatives.
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.
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