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Abercrombie Bedbug Outbreak Closes SECOND Store: South Street Seaport Location Found With Infestation

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NEW YORK — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. said Friday that it closed a second store in New York due to a bed bug infestation.

The preppy teen clothing seller said it closed a Hollister store on Thursday in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. That location is expected to open at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

It closed a second location, an Abercrombie & Fitch store in the South Street Seaport, on Friday for the same reason.

Abercrombie's flagship New York store on Fifth Avenue has been tested and is not affected by bed bugs, the New Albany, Ohio, company says.

Abercrombie says it asked New York City's Mayor's office how it should deal with the problem.

Eric Cerny, a spokesman for the chain, said that the company tested all three stores in Manhattan, and there was no infestation at the A&F Fifth Avenue store in midtown.

"It appears focused in lower Manhattan," though the company is still investigating the issue by "conducting its own testing and analysis," he said.

Cerny said that the normal return policy is in place and noted that as a precaution returned products will be quarantined and tested. Inquiries from customers have been "minimal," he added.

The city's health department said it offered guidance to the company and that it is proactively treating the store. While the department said it knew of no other instances of bed bugs at city stores, it is the responsibility of companies to treat bed bug problems.

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