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It all started in 1988. Guns N' Roses,
Def Leppard and Bon Jovi were #1 on the charts, and hair scrunchies,
bolo ties and aviator sunglasses were everywhere. A ton of junior
accessory and apparel chain stores filled shopping malls, but there
wasn't a cool accessory store for both guys and girls. Then came Hot
Topic. In the fall of 1989, Hot Topic opened its doors in
Westminster, California. They would love
to tell you it was a huge success, with hundreds of teens clawing
their way into the store, but that is not the
true story. Sales were disappointing
at first. Some days they barely
made a hundred bucks. Was founder Orv Madden's vision doomed? It was
time to take a step back and re-evaluate. First,
their location in the mall wasn't the best. How the heck
could they sell anything if nobody could
find them? Then they
looked at what was selling-costume jewelry. They
started buying more stuff like cross necklaces, unisex earrings and
leather bracelets and got rid of hair scrunchies, men's ties and
dress socks. Hot Topic found a niche
and its name was music-influenced accessories. Whether it was
fingerless gloves like Billy Idol or glam metal bootstraps like
Poison, music was definitely the driving force behind teen fashion.
After their Westminster customers gave
them a reality check,
they packed their bags, moved to
Montclair, California and rocked their mall with the first Hot Topic
store to carry all music-influenced accessories for teens.
Now, they are looking for good employees...
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