Music influenced apparel retailer Hot Topic Inc yesterday revealed plans to open 15 new Torrid stores in fiscal 2002 following the success of a six-store Torrid test earlier this year. Torrid features fashion-forward plus-size apparel and accessories for young women aged 15-29, and according to Betsy McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer: "Customer reaction to the concept and the merchandise assortment has continued to be extremely positive." She added that during the past six months the company has adjusted the mix, store design and store model.