Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Blockbuster Video To Close Final Alaska Locations Later This Year

Blockbuster Video To Close Final Alaska Locations Later This Year

The harsh realities of modern business are that the world only has enough room in it for one Blockbuster Video store, but don't worry: according to Harding, the OR location has no plans to close down anytime soon.

Alaska's last two Blockbuster stores - one in Anchorage and another in Fairbanks - announced they would officially close on Sunday. They will reopen at noon Tuesday for an inventory sales that will run through July and August. The company's precipitous decline in the streaming age has now reached its near-nadir: As of August, there will be only one operating Blockbuster store in the entire country.

Blockbuster Alaska District Manager Kelli Vey and General Manager Kevin Daymude took to Facebook to issue the following message regarding the Alaskan closures.

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", the post continued.

Alaska had always been - I always thought they'd outlast us. We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say "Hello".

So it seems like if you want to relive your greatest Blockbuster memories, you still have time.

In recent years, Blockbuster stores have vanished in most of the U.S.

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Some have credited expensive internet as a factor in keeping the Alaska locations open longer than most stores.

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. Blockbuster went bankrupt back in 2010, and was purchased by Dish the next year.

But it wasn't enough to counter a planned lease increase at both Alaska locations.

The final two Blockbusters in Alaska are said to still be very profitable.

"We have no plans on closing anytime soon", Harding added.

The Associated Press reports that two of the final three Blockbusters are going out of business. He added that his team had explained to people involved with Oliver's show that the stores would probably not be open much longer.

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