A look at vintage clothing store chain Vintage Clothing and Gifts
Vintage clothing store chains Vintage Clothing & Gifts and Forever 21 are being investigated by state prosecutors, who are looking into whether they violated the state’s prohibition on selling alcohol to minors.
The New York Post reported Friday that New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sent a letter to all 28 of the chain’s locations requesting information about sales and sales incentives that have occurred.
The chain is a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corp., the company that owns and operates Forever 21.
Sears Holdings has denied the allegations and said it will cooperate fully with the investigation.
Schneiderman’s letter said the investigation “has the potential to impact thousands of people in New York state and elsewhere who are engaged in their daily lives,” including people in nursing homes, schools, colleges and government agencies.
Searches have already begun by law enforcement and prosecutors to identify those at risk, and the investigation could extend to other stores.
Schoenberg told reporters that he’s “not ruling out any charges,” but did not say whether the state would bring criminal charges against the stores.
The investigation follows an investigation by the State Attorney’s Office of the New York City Health Department that found that in 2015, nearly 500 people were arrested after allegedly being exposed to an alcohol-laced beverage in a New York department store.
The department said in a statement that the store in question did not sell alcohol to anyone under 18.