Hot Topic

Hot Topic, Inc.
FoundedOctober 1989; 29 years ago (1989-10)
Montclair Plaza
Montclair, California, U.S.
FounderOrv Madden
HeadquartersIndustry, California, U.S.
Number of locations
676 (April 2019)[1]
Key people
Steve Vranes, CEO (2016–present)
Betsy McLaughlin, CEO (2000–2011)
Bruce Quinell, Chairman of the Board
Productsclothing, accessories, music, jewelry
RevenueIncrease US$761 million (FY 2009)[2]
Increase US$32.5 million (FY 2009)[2]
Increase US$19.7 million (FY 2009)[2]
Total assetsIncrease US$371 million (FY 2009)[3]
Total equityIncrease US$258 million (FY 2009)[3]
OwnerSycamore Partners

Hot Topic (stylized as HOT TOPIC) is a retail chain specializing in counterculture-related clothing and accessories, as well as licensed music. The stores are aimed towards an audience interested in rock music and video gaming, and most of their audience ranges from teens to young adults. Approximately 40% of Hot Topic's revenue comes from sales of licensed band T-shirts.[4] Hot Topic often negotiates exclusive licensing arrangements with musical artists, movie studios, and graphic artists.[citation needed] The majority of the stores are located in regional shopping malls.[4]


The first Hot Topic store was opened in November 1989 in Montclair Plaza, Montclair, California,[5] by Orv Madden, a former executive at The Children's Place, who retired as CEO in 2000 and was replaced by Betsy McLaughlin, who headed the company until 2011. Lisa Harper assumed the position of CEO in March 2011 until Steve Vranes was announced as the new CEO in 2016. The company went public and began trading on NASDAQ in 1996.

In 2013, Hot Topic announced its sale to private equity firm Sycamore Partners for $600 million.[6]

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