Blockbuster Down to Final U.S. Location

14 July, 2018, 08:45 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • Blockbuster is down to one retail location in the United States

Soon, there will only be one lonely Blockbuster Video left in America.

Two Alaska-based Blockbuster stores are closing next week, as reported by Gizmodo, leaving the OR location the sole remaining outlet. The two stores-in Anchorage and Fairbanks-will remain open through August to sell off their inventory. "If you'd asked me 14 years ago, there's no way I'd thought we'd be the last one". "The loyalty was huge, I mean they were like family and we'll miss them desperately".

"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. What a great time to build your media library and share some Blockbuster memories with us. The company's North Pole location closed in March, leaving only five locations left at that time. Now, the Anchorage Daily News reports the two Alaskan Blockbusters are closing for good. They were long bolstered by nostalgia as well as remote communities with a lack of high-speed Internet access for streaming video. He added that his team had explained to people involved with Oliver's show that the stores would probably not be open much longer.

The owner of the Alaska stores said he determined nine months ago that renewing the remaining store leases wouldn't make financial sense.

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The company has faced fierce competition from online video streaming services such as Netflix and filed for bankruptcy protections in 2010. Blockbuster's model, which brought the big-box store mentality to home entertainment, is particularly hard to maintain in that environment.

Try as he might, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver will not be known as the man who single-handedly saved Blockbuster.

All the way back in 2013, Blockbuster Video announced it would be closing all of its remaining locations, though these three stores managed to buck the odds and survive for another half decade. "It just seems a little crazy" General Manager Sandi Harding said, adding that she doesn't plan on shutting up shop.

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