Bedbugs Bite Niketown

Niketown's flagship on 57th Street closed this weekend after bedbugs were discovered.


NEW YORK — Niketown is the latest New York retail institution to be bitten by bedbugs.

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The 57th Street superstore shuttered its doors on Saturday after bedbugs were discovered, and it remained closed through Sunday. The store’s street level windows were covered with brown paper, and a sign was posted on the glass stating that it was temporarily closed. The store’s telephone line went straight to voicemail, reiterating its temporary closure “until further notice.”

At press time, it remained unclear when the Portland, Ore.-based company was planning to reopen the 95,000-square-foot store, which has been a major Manhattan tourist destination since it first opened its doors in 1996. Nike could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

Nike is just one of several stores and offices around New York that has had to close down due to bedbugs.

In early July, an infestation of bedbugs forced Abercrombie & Fitch’s Hollister flagship at 600 Broadway in SoHo to shut down for a few days, and bedbugs also closed down the Abercrombie & Fitch store in the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan. Later that month, the bugs also made their way to Victoria’s Secret at Lexington Avenue and 58th Street, forcing it to shutter for several hours. In mid-August, bedbugs were cited as the reason the offices of Elle magazine were temporarily closed down.