Niketown the Manhattan flagship store was closed Saturday morning after the nasty bedbugs were discovered inside, the Just Do It corporate announced.
“Our primary concern is the well being of our consumers and sales associates,” Nike said in a brief statement. “We are taking all proper steps to eradicate the problem and we expect the store to reopen shortly.”
The massive five-story outlet on E. 57th St. is home to an assortment of Nike products – from pricey footwear to headbands to T-shirts. The company’s high-profile endorsers include all-time NBA great Michael Jordan, along with Tiger Woods and Derek Jeter. It is also a favorite spot for tourists and shoppers.
Niketown NY is the latest high-profile victim bitten by the tiny bugs. The company’s downtown store on Mercer Street isn’t affected. There were recent infestations at the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, and the Time Warner Center. It also joins the ranks of Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secret, Google, AMC Empire 25, the Manhattan DA’s office and the Roosevelt Houses.
The creepy crawlers also turned up in the offices of Elle magazine and part of Rikers Island.
A study released last month by the pest control company Terminix ranked New York as the nation’s No. 1 city for bedbug woes.
“It’s one of our most popular stores,” said Nike spokesman Kijuan Wilkins.
Source: NY Post