Blockbuster Down to Final U.S. Location

Monday, 16 Jul, 2018

This Blockbuster video store in Anchorage, Alaska, will close on Sunday. But the advent of broadband and downloading/streaming video services saw the chain go the way of the VHS cassette, floppy disk, and fax machine-though the latter is still popular with the UK's National Health Service.

She said loyal customers and tourists have helped to keep her store open.

The owner of the Alaska stores said he determined nine months ago that renewing the remaining store leases wouldn't make financial sense. That will leave the OR store as the last operating Blockbuster in the country. The once big, now-endangered video chain has reportedly closed down two of it's final three remaining stores, Deadline reports.

Most pundits assumed Blockbuster locations in Alaska would remain open due to poor broadband coverage. He also sent John Oliver movies featuring the memorabilia as a thank you.

"I tell you, we're going to get a lot of traffic, is what I'm expecting", Daymude told the Associated Press.

Blockbuster gave in and declared bankruptcy in 2010, and its remaining 1,700 stores were bought by Dish Network in 2011.

The jockstrap will probably go to the franchise owner, Alan Payne, who lives outside Austin, Texas.

"We regret to inform you that our North Pole store will be closing", Blockbuster Alaska wrote on its Facebook page.

The two stores will close on Monday, July 16.

I don't have much experience with Blockbuster, but I used to work at Hollywood Video, and while it did drive me nuts at times, it was for the most part fun to work at a movie store. Its fellow OR stores, in Redmond and Sandy, have closed in recent months.

At the time of the Washington Post report, most of America's remaining Blockbuster stores were located in Alaska, where "dark, long winters and expensive WiFi" allowed the company to remain afloat away from the mainland.

At the Bend location, general manager Sandi Harding said there are no plans to close.