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.

Minnesota retail, service sector gearing up for strong year

Buoyed by a stronger economy, many of Minnesota's largest retailers had a better-than-expected 2017 and are gearing up for another strong year of sales.

Christopher & Banks falls below New York Stock Exchange listing requirements

Company said it will submit a plan on how it will regain compliance.

Target launches home goods brand that's focused on function

750 items in Made by Design line patterned to be functional, clean.

Target makes play for bigger piece of beauty marketplace

Retailer focuses on niches overlooked by bigger brands.

Amazon has rapidly built up an infrastructure around Twin Cities — and around the U.S.

While the Twin Cities was not a finalist for Amazon's second headquarters, the region has still become a magnet for the company, which now employs more than 2,300 people in Minnesota.

Best Buy to close Mall of America store in August

The electronics retailer, which has been at the giant mall since 2008, will close

Best Buy starts a streak, as same-store sales soar 7.1 percent

The retailer's sales soared, but skittish investors held back as share price tumbled.

Target sees strong sales, but profit falls short of expectations in Q1

Changes the retailer has made have attracted customers, taken toll on profit.

Best Buy expands Geek Squad's role with nationwide 'Total Tech Support'

Best Buy is launching a subscription service that applies to all devices.

Ronald Libertus, advocate and expert in American Indian art, dies at 79

While it can often be difficult to sum up a person’s life and work in a few phrases, it is especially so for Ronald L.…