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.


Venture-capital firm to invest in more Minnesota startups after raising $30 million

Matchstick Ventures is looking for opportunities in underserved regions.


Target to hire 130,000-plus workers for holidays to handle online orders

Last year, Target was the biggest holiday employer of any brick-and-mortar retail chain, and this year it plans to boost its holiday hiring.


Tariff concerns sink Best Buy's shares as company works to mitigate effect

Investors have been worried about how new rounds of tariffs to go into effect in upcoming months will affect Best Buy.


Target teams up with Disney on interactive in-store shops

Retailer will add in-store shops to 25 locations, including Maple Grove.


Target shares soar after strong results

The surge came after Minneapolis-based Target announced a 17% gain in profit for its fiscal second quarter and a 3.4% jump in comparable sales. Executives also raised their profit outlook for the rest of the year.


New co-working space in Linden Hills focuses on retail innovation

The space started by former Target employees is meant to be a hub for experimenting with new concepts.


Target to replace Archer Farms, Simply Balanced with new flagship food brand

The retailer's drive to revamp and update its house brands has now reached the grocery section. Executives say the new Good & Gather products won't have artificial flavors and sweeteners, synthetic colors or high-fructose corn syrup.


Target CEO Brian Cornell sees turnaround as 'still in early innings'

CEO Brian Cornell, during his five years on the job, has taken a measured approach to the retailer's turnaround.


Target to sell Levi's as jeans maker looks to replace sagging sales at Sears

The 'Red Tab' label will appear in 50 stores later this month.


Target's newest incubator program focuses on Generation Z entrepreneurs

They're young and smart, and Target is tapping their energy and ideas in a new business accelerator.