Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

End of watch: Only one Blockbuster remains in the entire country

Blockbuster is down to one retail location in the United States Blockbuster Down to Final U.S. Location Getty Kevork Djansezian 13 Jul 2018
Lora Ball | 13 July, 2018, 23:24

The final Blockbuster video stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks are closing their rental business on Monday, July 16, but will reopen on Tuesday through the end of August to sell-off their inventory. Streaming has its advantages; there is a reason it has taken over the movie world. The one in Texas closed shop previous year.

The last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska will close. Two Blockbusters in Alaska are set to close, leaving only one store standing.

The Anchorage store has been open since 1990 and the Fairbanks store since 1991. One Blockbuster store in the United States, that is.

Back in April, Oliver bought a number of items from Russell Crowe's divorce auction, including a leather jockstrap from the film Cinderella Man. There, they built a shrine to the actor with such props as a hood from Robin Hood and a Vest from Les Miserables.

Blockbuster went bankrupt in 2010 and closed its last 300 stores in 2013. Maybe, Blockbuster should have hopped on the streaming train along with Amazon, Apple, and other companies that made a decision to step into the new age.

At its highest, most profitable point, Blockbuster was running close to 9,000 stores in America.

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The company, which once boasted almost 10,000 locations in the USA, was founded by Waste Management founder and former Florida Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga, who passed away earlier this year.

Daymude says the buzz from the Oliver connection brought more people to the store.

Alaska's Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna stores, along with another one in Anchorage, have all closed shop for good this year, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Alan Payne, who owns the Alaska stores through a Texas-based Blockbuster licensee called Border Entertainment, said he and his team determined about nine months ago that it wouldn't make sense to renew any more leases on the stores that remained. And there's just not enough incentive to keep it going. The Anchorage store displayed these pieces of movie history and Daymude claims it actually worked.

Bend's Blockbuster looks just like stores from years ago - yellow on the inside and employees sporting blue shirts.

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