Last Two Blockbuster Video Stores in Alaska Are Closing

Last Two Blockbuster Video Stores in Alaska Are Closing

Sandi Harding, general manager of that location, told USA TODAY that she knows there are still some Blockbuster video stores operating overseas. And the future looked bleak from a financial standpoint. In 2017, there were still nine Blockbusters hanging on in Alaska, Oregon and Texas. Here in the year 2018, there were only three Blockbuster Video stores left in America. Not that its legacy was purely benevolent; when Blockbuster came to my town in New Jersey, it systematically put most of the local video stores out of business, and some of them were bigger and had better selections.

This leaves a solitary Blockbuster location in Bend, Oregon to wave that yellow and blue banner for as long as it can. According to Deadline, at Blockbuster's peak it had "more than 9,000 stores, half outside the United States, and employed more than 84,000 people worldwide".

Blockbuster might be on its last legs in the U.S., but a handful of Australian stores and kiosks are keeping the brand alive. But the way people consumed their movies drastically changed in the 21st century.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Kevin Daymude, Blockbuster Alaska general manager who said lease increases ultimately led to the demise of these final two stores: one in Anchorage and one in Fairbanks. The video rental chain once flourished throughout the country, but eventually filed for bankruptcy after streaming took hold of the American consumer. After announcing it would close its final 300 retail stores, the company vowed to continue serving customers online through an On Demand app.

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Daymude says the buzz from the Oliver connection brought more people to the store. "We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years ..."

The statement says both Vey and Daymude have been with the company since 1991.

"It's always kind of a kick in the trousers every time we close a store", explained Payne. "I can't tell you how much it means to us". What a great time to build your media library and share some Blockbuster memories with us.

"We will miss all of you!"