BEDBUGS BITE AT A&F: Abercrombie & Fitch’s bedbug problems continued over the weekend with the closing of the Abercrombie & Fitch store in the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan. An employee who answered the phone on Monday said the store is not expected to reopen until Friday and directed customers to the flagship at 720 Fifth Avenue, which had been tested and is not affected, according to the company. Meanwhile, A&F said it eliminated the bedbug problem in its Hollister flagship on the corner of Houston Street and Broadway in SoHo, and reopened it Saturday after being closed since Wednesday. The company said it requested guidance from the mayor’s office on how businesses in Manhattan should deal with the issue. Bedbugs are tiny, rust-colored insects that are attracted to body warmth, suck blood, and have become an epidemic in New York.
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