If ever a news story illuminated the extent of the bed bug epidemic that faces us, this one (shown below) does. It just goes to show you that bed bugs do not discriminate. Be it an upscale clothing store in the SoHo district of Manhattan or government housing in the slums, bed bugs can and will exploit any opportunity they find. The Pest Management Industry needs to take the lead and advise retailers on the proper handling of returns to avoid such problems. If it can happen at a Hollister store it can happen anywhere.
The store, in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, was closed on Wednesday, the company said. It said it was in the process of removing the bedbugs and hoped to reopen the store soon.
Abercrombie & Fitch spokesman Eric Cerny had no comment on how the store closing could affect sales and profits.
(Reporting by Dhanya Skariachan; editing by John Wallace)