Blockbuster stores in Alaska to close

Blockbuster stores in Alaska to close

It's located in Bend, Oregon.

Daymude said the loss of such a loyal customer base will be a hard element in addition to the closing. Despite modern technology rendering the stores obsolete, a handful have managed to survive in the US.

"It is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers".

On Thursday, Blockbuster Alaska announced that the last two stores in the state are closing up shop next week.

In its report, the Anchorage Daily News confirmed with Border Entertainment, a Texas-based holding company that operated all of Alaska's Blockbuster stores, that closure plans had been in the works before the end of 2017.

Blockbuster Alaska District Manager Kelli Vey and General Manager Kevin Daymude took to Facebook to issue the following message regarding the Alaskan closures.

"It just breaks your heart, you know?" Three years after that, four of the 13 had closed. But the stores in Alaska continued to flourish for the past eight years.

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The stores were given some media attention a couple months ago by HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver which sent a jockstrap worn by Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie Cinderella Man to one of the stores. However, the unexpected boom of streaming services like Netflix dealt a blow to video stores that they could not recover from.

It can be hard for young people who've come of age in the era of streaming to understand the role Blockbuster Video played in the lives of budding cinephiles.

The once-supreme rental chain was a staple in American strip malls and shopping centers, encapsulating a labyrinth of at least 7,000 movies in each store.

At its peak in 2004, the company boasted its 9,000 locations. Blockbuster went bankrupt back in 2010, and was purchased by Dish the next year.

After that, things kept going downhill.

Daymude said the items will be returned to the owner of the stores.

The outlets will close for rentals after Sunday night and will reopen on Tuesday through to August as they look to sell off their remaining inventory.

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