We are very concerned about the growing infestation of bedbugs in New York City. For the first time in our retail experience managing 1,100 stores, we discovered an infestation in our Epic Hollister store and the South Street Seaport Abercrombie & Fitch store.
We made the decision to act with caution by closing both stores to assure we have rid them of the problem.
There is a real revenue loss involved in our decision but we felt closing was in the best interest of our customers and associates. The Epic Hollister store reopens Saturday; today we closed the South Street Seaport Abercrombie &Fitch store when overnight testing revealed the presence of bedbugs.
We think it is a serious subject and look to you for leadership and guidance on how best to respond to this problem. We are willing to be a part of any coalition to address the issue. Please let us know what plans are in place and how we may participate.Sincerely, Michael S. Jeffries Chairman and CEO Abercrombie & Fitch cc: Ms. Linda Gibbs Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Ms. Linda B. Rosenthal New York State Assembly Woman SOURCE Abercrombie & Fitch