NYC’s Niketown Closed Due To Bedbugs

Posted on 18 Sep 2010 at 5:44pm

Nike’s national flagship store in Manhattan has been closed due to bedbugs infestation.

The massive East 57th Street Niketown location is a fave of tourists and shoppers with its array of shoes, clothes and gizmos, and officials said they’d like to just-do-it and reopen as soon as possible. “It’s one of our most popular stores,” said Nike spokesman Kijuan Wilkins. In a statement, Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike — which became synonymous with ex-NBA superstar Michael Jordan when he was its celebrity spokesman — the company said it had “proactively closed Niketown” when bedbugs were discovered there. “Our primary concern is the well being of our consumers and sales associates,” the statement said. “We are taking all proper steps to eradicate the problem and we expect the store to reopen shortly.”

RELATED: In recent months several other high-profile Manhattan retailers such as Abercrombie and Victoria’s Secret have closed due to bedbugs. Last month the city’s largest movie theater, the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square, closed for two days of bedbug fumigation after bite-covered patrons emerged from a premiere screening.

Joe. My. God.

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