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It's not just the Hollister store in SoHo that's closed because of a nasty bedbug infestation, sister company Abercrombie & Fitch has closed its South Street Seaport location because of a bedbug infestation there as well.
According to a Hollister spokesperson, the problem at the SoHo branch has been "taken care of" and the store will reopen on Saturday morning. No word yet on what is happening at the South Street Seaport Abercrombie.
Bedbugs can be extremely difficult to deal with—the parasites' bites leave itchy red welts on their human victims and they can go years without feeding, so starving the little buggers out is rarely a viable option. They hide in fabrics, wood, and even in electrical outlets. We're not sure how Hollister managed to treat their problem so quickly, as many private homes that become infested need to be exterminated and all the soft goods dry cleaned or placed into quarantined storage for a period of over two years.
· Bedbugs, on the rise, close pair of New York stores [CNN]
· PSA: Shopped at the Hollister in SoHo? You might have bedbugs [Racked]