Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Last Alaska Blockbusters to close, leaving 1 store remaining in the US

Last Alaska Blockbusters to close, leaving 1 store remaining in the US

The last two remaining Blockbuster stores in Alaska are slated to close next week, leaving just one location of the once-iconic video rental store left in the U.S.

It was announced just today that the final two Blockbuster stores in Alaska were closing.

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. The sole remaining store will be in Bend, Oregon.

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"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", he wrote. "The loyalty was huge, I mean they were like family and we'll miss them desperately". What a great time to build your media library and share some Blockbuster memories with us. That store may stay open for at least another ten more years.

"It's tough to tell the customers, it really is", said Blockbuster general manager Kevin Daymude while talking to the Anchorage Daily News. They were long bolstered by nostalgia as well as remote communities with a lack of high-speed Internet access for streaming video.

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. One location on DeBarr Road in Anchorage and another store in Fairbank will be closing down on Monday.

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

Alan Payne, owner of the Alaska stores through licensee Border Entertainment, explained that he and his team had determined sometime a year ago that renewing the remaining stores' leases did not make financial sense.

Border Entertainment used to own Blockbuster stores in Texas, too, but those have also closed. In May, John Oliver and HBO even donated a freaky assortment of Russell Crowe paraphernalia to one of the Anchorage stores that announced plans to close on Thursday. There's even a parody account on Twitter claiming to be "The Last Blockbuster", but until yesterday there were actually still three remaining. "It just seems a little insane".

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