Bedbugs Close Abercrombie & Fitch at South Street Seaport
By Ben Fractenberg
SOUTH STREET SEAPORT — The Abercrombie & Fitch store in the South Street Seaport closed Friday due to bed bugs.
The closing comes just one day after the company shuttered their SoHo Hollister location because of an infestation.
“Ew! I just worked yesterday,” said one store employee who declined to give her name. She showed up for her shift unaware of the closing.
Another customer found out about the bed bugs when she came to return some clothes she bought a week earlier.
“I hear they’re impossible to get rid of,” said the 28-year-old women who would only identify herself by her first name, Irene.
She said she would immediately clean all her clothes.
Company CEO Michael Jeffries sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg for "leadership and guidance" on how to address the problem, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Abercrombie’s store on Fifth Avenue has been tested and is clean, a company spokesperson told the Associated Press.
"It appears to be a localized, downtown issue," spokeswoman Iska Hain told the AP.
Hollister was expected to reopen Saturday morning, the Journal reported.