Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Alaska’s last two Blockbusters are shutting down, leaving one in US

Alaska’s Blockbuster video stores closing, leaving just one left There is Only One Blockbuster Video Store Left in America
Julia Gonzales | 13 July, 2018, 21:39

The stores, one on DeBarr Road in Anchorage and the other in Fairbanks, will close Monday for rental business, a post on the Facebook page for Blockbuster in Alaska said Thursday afternoon.

From 9,000 stores to just one. The two stores will reopen on Tuesday in an effort to sell their remaining stock.

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.

A long, long time ago, people had to travel to brick and motor stores to pay money to rent movies.

Back in April, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver featured the remaining Alaskan Blockbusters (at that time there were three). The leases on the final two Blockbusters will terminate at the end of August. Surprisingly, the stores are still profitable, he claimed, albeit rapidly declining. "We can't string this out any longer without creating some financial problems". Much of Alaska has unreliable internet, with HighSpeedInternet.com ranking it third-to-last in terms of internet connectivity in the U.S. The streaming video market has therefore been less successful, allowing stores like Blockbuster to continue to thrive. "I'm getting some tears, getting lots of hugs".

Just a few months earlier, one of the Anchorage Blockbusters stores enjoyed a brief renaissance after John Oliver gifted it a jockstrap worn by Russell Crowe in the movie Cinderella Man.

"It's going to be insane", Daymude said of the temporary reopening.

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It's not clear yet what will happen to the memorabilia, Payne said.

Alaska had always been - I always thought they'd outlast us.

Comedian John Oliver actually tried to save the struggling Alaska Blockbusters this past April in a amusing campaign that included Russell Crowe's jock strap. "I'm not sure what we're going to do with it".

"How exciting", said the Bend store's general manager Sandi Harding.

Now, about a quarter of the customers at her store are tourists.

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", Daymude said in a heartfelt message on Facebook.

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