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.


Mall of America expects big crowds this weekend for the end of Ramadan

As a result, the megamall, as it has in recent years, is putting its parental escort policy into place all weekend.


Burnsville Center's Sears store will close in September

It becomes the latest in the Twin Cities to shut down, but Gordmans will reopen.


Target's investment in mattress maker Casper surprises some analysts

The fast-growing mattress company confirmed this week that Target was the lead investor in a $170 million round of funding.


Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods shakes up grocery landscape that includes Target, Supervalu

The $13.7 billion deal is a direct challenge to Minnesota's biggest food retailers.


Target's chief spokesperson is leaving the company

No reason was given; it's the latest change in a reshuffling of the company's management.


About 90 will lose jobs when J.C. Penney closes store at Southdale

The store is slated to close on Aug. 13.


Target cuts nearly 40 jobs in restructuring of merchandising division

Employees are eligible for severance packages.


Best Buy is redesigning mobile phone departments in stores and online

To boost sales, the retailer is trying to make it easier for customers to navigate.


Best Buy stock soars after better-than-expected earnings

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said Best Buy will roll out nationwide later this year an in-home advisors program it has been testing in a handful of markets for about a year.


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

The settlement is the largest of its kind to date.