Hot Topic, Inc announced today that the first Torrid store opened on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 in the Brea Mall in Brea, Calif. The company also opened the Torrid Internet store last week. Torrid, a new test concept, is a mall-based specialty store featuring fashion forward plus-sized apparel, for young women ages 15 to 30. The store also carries shoes, intimate apparel, accessories and gifts. The company plans to open five additional Torrid stores in May 2001, one each in the market areas of San Diego; Denver; Omaha, Neb.; Boston; and Annapolis, Md.