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Abercrombie Bedbug Store Could Reopen Thursday

Abercrombie

07/ 6/10 05:32 PM ET   AP

NEW YORK — An Abercrombie & Fitch store that was closed on Friday because of bedbugs won't reopen until at least Thursday.

The preppy teen retailer's spokesman Eric Cerny said the store is being rid of bedbugs and the company hopes to open it by Thursday.

Abercrombie's surf-themed Hollister store in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, which closed on Thursday due an infestation, reopened on Saturday.

The New Albany, Ohio-based chain has requested guidance from city authorities on how to get rid of the pests.

It has said the flagship Abercrombie store on Fifth Avenue is bedbug free.

The company said last week it is still investigating the issue with its own testing and analysis and said as a precaution returned products will be quarantined and tested.

Cerny said there was no update on the process on Tuesday.

The city's health department has offered guidance to the company.

Shares lost 40 cents, or 1.3 percent, to close at $30.71. The stock has traded between $22.70 and $51.12 over the past year.

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