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Blockbuster closing 2 Alaska locations, 1 store remaining in US

14 July 2018

SYFY WIRE has also reached out to the Bend, Oregon store for comment.

Two of Blockbuster's last three stores will close on Sunday.

And then there was one. For loyal patrons of some of the nation's last remaining Blockbuster Video rental stores, the unthinkable has happened: Blockbuster is finally finished with Alaska. "We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years ..." "If you'd asked me 14 years ago, there's no way I'd thought we'd be the last one".

"We have a great customer base", he said, "and it kills us to tell these customers that we're having to close down".

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Although the store manager had, at the time, hoped the publicity stunt would lead to a spike in business, the curiosity proved not to be enough. While all Blockbuster corporate stores have been closed in the USA for some time, a third party licensed the name from Dish and had been operating Blockbuster stores in recent years. The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna locations closed earlier this year, along with a second Anchorage store. Alongside Blockbuster, there are also other independent video stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Blockbuster managed to survive the onslaught of video streaming in Alaska because of poor internet service compared to the rest of the U.S. Harsh weather conditions would often cut the Internet connection.

Even after receiving a gift of movie memorabilia from Russell Crowe's career, through John Oliver's show, "Last Week Tonight", the Debarr road store in Anchorage and the College Road store in Fairbanks will be closing. A Blockbuster video store is seen on November 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The location has no plans of closing anytime soon, according to store general manager Sandi Harding.

Daymude said the items will be returned to the owner of the stores. Giving people recommendations, or checking the return box a for the tenth time just to see a little kid's face light up when you hand them the latest animated film. Despite the fact both locations are still pulling a profit, owner Alan Payne says it no longer makes sense to renew either store's leases, which expire in August.

Blockbuster closing 2 Alaska locations, 1 store remaining in US