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We interrupt your Fourth of July holiday weekend with this announcement: Abercrombie & Fitch at South Street Seaport has also been closed due to bedbug infestation.
This development follows the shuttering of Hollister's "epic" Soho flagship on Wednesday night, after three weeks of employee complaints that the little bloodsucking bugs were far outnumbering popped-collar, boardshorts-wearing customers. We're imagining that, after the Hollister incident, Abercrombie & Fitch?Hollister's parent company?asked for other stores with bedbug issues to speak up, and the South Street Seaport location gingerly raised its hand.
So while one Abercrombie & Fitch goes down for the count, Hollister has officially reopened.
We made a call to the Hollister Soho this morning, and a real live employee confirmed that not only had the Epic store reopened, but that store hours and product availability were normal. Still, we wonder, how could they be open this quickly?
How could the three-story store have already dealt with the notoriously stubborn issue of bedbug infestation in about 24 hours? We say 24 hours, because when we peeked in late on Thursday night, the front part of the store appeared completely untouched, as though the employees had all just stepped out.
That they owe it to their customers to fully explain how they've handled the situation is an understatement. If they fumigated, then customers have a right to know (especially when they're paying Hollister prices for Hollister clothing) that these clothes may be slightly tainted by either sprayed poison or bedbug carcasses. Where's a sterile processing oven when you really need one?
Regardless, Abercrombie & Fitch's closure proves at least one thing: that New York stores with piles of clothing, high shopper density and dark, inviting interiors are all at risk for bedbug infestation. We feel itchy just thinking about it. What do you think of all this?
· Abercrombie closes NY stores due to bedbugs [AP]
· Bedbugs force yet another store to shutter its doors; this time it's Abercrombie & Fitch at Seaport [NYDN]
· Bedbug-infested Hollister is Still Closed, Still Quiet, Still Buggy [Racked NY]
· Bad Case of Bedbugs Closes Hollister Soho [Racked NY]