Saturday, 17 November, 2018

There's only one Blockbuster store left in the United States

A man walks past a Blockbuster Video store Getty Images
Freda Brock | 14 July, 2018, 08:41

Both of the stores are located in Alaska (one is in Anchorage and the other is in Fairbanks) which was previously famous for being somewhat of a "hold out" state where Blockbuster Video locations were still regularly visited by locals.

It's not just streaming services that have hurt the video rental business, Payne said, attributing the decline in part to how smartphones and social media have changed the way people spend free time. Three years after that, four of the 13 had closed.

The two closures will affect The Last Frontier.

The last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska will close.

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The two stores will close on Monday, July 16. They will be selling off their inventory and anything in the store that isn't nailed down. That honor belongs to an independently owned location in Bend, Oregon.

I don't have much experience with Blockbuster, but I used to work at Hollywood Video, and while it did drive me nuts at times, it was for the most part fun to work at a movie store. They employed roughly 84,000 individuals worldwide. But for many of us, a weekly trip to Blockbuster to check the new releases or browse the racks of older titles was a beloved ritual. The talk show host bid on a number of items at the Russell Crowe divorce auction and sent them to one of the stores in Anchorage. On Tuesday, the DVDs and videos at the store will be up for grabs in a liquidation firesale. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and was bought out by Dish Network in 2011. With the closure of the Alaska location, only a single store will remain in the U.S. The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna stores closed this year, as did another Anchorage location near the intersection of Old Seward Highway and Huffman Road.

"We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say "Hello", Blockbuster Alaska said in a Facebook post. Slowly but surely, Blockbuster began to fade away like Thanos performed the "Snap" on all of the store's locations.

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