Hot Topic, Inc, a mall-based specialty retailer of music-licensed and music-influenced apparel, accessories and gift items for teens, announced today that Marc Bertone, vice president of Real Estate, has resigned from the company, effective July 13, 2001. Marc Bertone said: "I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked and prospered with such a creative, fun and dynamic group of people. I am looking forward to spending time with my family and pursuing several personal goals."