Bedbugs shut down clothing store in Soho

July 01, 2010 01:00PM

Hollister, at 600 Broadway in Soho, is closed due to a bedbug infestation.

A bedbug infestation problem has forced trendy clothing store
Hollister to shutter its flagship Soho location at 600 Broadway between
Houston and Prince streets, DNAinfo reported. The store is closed
indefinitely while the vermin is eliminated. According to an anonymous
employee, the bedbugs problem started three weeks ago but was not
addressed until yesterday, Gothamist reported. The employee also said
that she was bitten, and had found a bedbug skeleton on her
Hollister hoodie. A Hollister spokesperson had no comment on the
matter, or whether customers are at risk of infestation because of
clothing purchased there. “While bedbugs are a nuisance, they do not
present a health risk or spread disease,” the Department of Health said
in a statement, though a DOH fact sheet warned New Yorkers to never
resell infested clothing. A bill was passed in the State Senate last week
that requires landlords to disclose a building’s bedbug history to
tenants. But according to the DOH, private companies are not required
to tell the city when they find bedbugs. [DNAinfo]