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Type Subsidiary of Hot Topic
Founded 2001
Headquarters City of Industry, California
Key people Betsy McLaughlin, CEO; Chris Daniel, President
Industry retail
Products plus size apparel, gifts
Revenue US$ 725,142,000 (FY '05)

Torrid is an American retail chain owned by Hot Topic. Torrid is considered to be a mall-based specialty retailer. The store offers apparel and accessories for plus-size women and teenage girls sizes 12 - 26. Torrid began operations in April 2001. The first location opened in the Brea Mall in Brea, California. Torrid currently has over 170 stores in operation across 36 states in the United States of America.[1]



The store's clothing styles are aimed at women, aged 16-29. In 2005, Torrid expanded its merchandise selection to include styles distinct from its parent company, Hot Topic. Torrid sells accessories, shoes, jewelry, novelty tee shirts, fashion tops, pants, Capri pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, outerwear, intimate apparel, hosiery, gifts, and beauty products. Torrid follows the Hot Topic merchandise strategy of monitoring fashion trends closely, utilizing direct communication between customers, employees and corporate personnel to be in step with current fashion. Torrid utilizes cross merchandising, and is considered to be a customer-centric retailer.[2] Torrid's product mix is approximately 50% private label, and 50% external brands like Dickies Girl, Tripp, Freestyle Revolution, and Z. Cavaricci.


Torrid uses both professional and amateur plus-size models in its advertising circulars and online catalog images. In 2006, Torrid began an annual Model Search Contest, touring cities nationwide. 2007 American Idol winner Jordin Sparks was Torrid's 2006 Model Search Contest winner before appearing on that show.

Torrid features celebrity models, such as: Kaycee Stroh from Disney's High School Musical, Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky, Hayley Hasselhoff, Christina Schmidt from Degrassi: The Next Generation (seasons 1-3) and singer Beth Ditto.


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From Latin torridus, from torrere (parch, scorch).


torrid (comparative more torrid, superlative most torrid)


more torrid

most torrid

  1. Very hot and dry.
  2. Full of intense emotions arising from sexual love; ardent and passionate.
  3. Full of difficulty.

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