Alaska’s Blockbuster video stores closing, leaving just one left

Blockbuster is down to one retail location in the United States

Alaska's last two Blockbuster stores - one in Anchorage and another in Fairbanks - announced they would officially close on Sunday.

The final Blockbuster video stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks are closing their rental business on Monday, July 16, but will reopen on Tuesday through the end of August to sell-off their inventory.

General manager Kevin Daymude is setting up a display of Russell Crowe movie memorabilia at the Blockbuster store on DeBarr Road in Anchorage on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, which includes the leather jockstrap Crowe wore in the movie "Cinderella Man". But to the best of her knowledge, after the Alaska stores close, her location will be the only one left in America. The last survivor, which will probably be made into a museum of the 90's one day, is located in Bend, Oregon.

While Blockbusters began disappearing across the U.S.in 2013, Alaska remained a lucrative market for the rental video company.

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

He thanked customers in the Facebook post announcing the stores" closure: "Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years. "We have a bunch of 19-year-olds working here - it's fun explaining to them what a floppy disk is". He also sent John Oliver movies featuring the memorabilia as a thank you. While all Blockbuster corporate stores have been closed in the US for some time, a third party licensed the name from Dish and had been operating Blockbuster stores in recent years. We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years, "Blockbuster Alaska wrote on its Facebook page on Thursday". And while a handful of Blockbuster franchises remained open in recent years, there's now only one left.

Blockbuster gave in and declared bankruptcy in 2010, and its remaining 1,700 stores were bought by Dish Network in 2011. At its peak, there were more than 9,000 of the video stores in operation.

But their survival lasted longer in Alaska, with some crediting expensive internet as a factor in keeping many people renting videos rather than streaming.

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