Kavita Kumar | Star Tribune
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.


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

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.

As company prepared to shut down initiative, offer possibly surfaced.


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

Report says Richfield-based retailer could benefit the most after the firm closes for good.


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

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

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

The trendy furniture store would be the brand's second in the Twin Cities after Edina.


Target CEO unveils next-generation store concept

Stores include more convenient food and online pickup areas.