Blockbuster Video down to one USA store

14 July, 2018, 08:40 | Author: Kristine Mills
  • The last Blockbuster in Bend Oregon

The closures will leave the Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon, as the sole holdout. The video chain, or what's left of it, announced the last two stores in the state of Alaska are closing. "We will reopen for our inventory sale on Tuesday, July 17th at 12 noon and will run through the months of July and August".

To the Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon, godspeed. "We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years ..."

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", the post continued.

"We have a great customer base", he said, "and it kills us to tell these customers that we're having to close down".

It's not clear how many (if any) Blockbuster stores have survived outside 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.

"It's tough to tell the customers, it really is", said Blockbuster general manager Kevin Daymude while talking to the Anchorage Daily News.

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Even after receiving some attention from Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and being gifted some movie memorabilia in the form of the jock strap worn by Russell Crow in 2005's Cinderella Man, the reality of the modern media landscape couldn't be held back from reaching Alaska forever.

The two closures will affect The Last Frontier. In 2013, the store said it would shut down 300 stores and cut 3,000 jobs.

For those feeling nostalgic about the video store, there are still some independent, non-Blockbuster stores operating in both Fairbanks and Anchorage. He added that his team had explained to people involved with Oliver's show that the stores would probably not be open much longer.

"We have no plans on closing anytime soon", Harding added. By this year, only a pair in Alaska and the final OR store had endured.

The company has faced fierce competition from online video streaming services such as Netflix and filed for bankruptcy protections in 2010. "It just seems a little insane".

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