Blockbuster departs Alaska, leaving 1 store left in US

Blockbuster is down to one retail location in the United States

Blockbuster Down to Final U.S. Location Getty Kevork Djansezian 13 Jul 2018

Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska, says the stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for rentals after Sunday night.

"It's going to be insane", Daymude said of the temporary reopening. He said residents were sad when they heard the news and many people have been reminiscing about their Blockbuster memories.

Alaska, long the last frontier of Blockbuster, is about to lose the last holdouts of the video-rental chain.

While the stores struggled to stay in business, the closures sparked media coverage and public despair.

The company has faced fierce competition from online video streaming services such as Netflix and filed for bankruptcy protections in 2010.

The past few years, however, have seen most - and now all - of the remaining Alaska Blockbusters issue their last late fee.

The Alaska Blockbusters made national headlines earlier this year when John Oliver bought a number of movie items from Russell Crowe's post-divorce auction, including a leather jockstrap from Cinderella Man and a vest from Les Miserables, and sent them to the stores.

Kevin Daymude, owner of the two Alaska stores, told the AP that the increased revenue was welcome, but that a planned lease increase on the two buildings was too much for his business to overcome. We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say "Hello". In May, John Oliver and HBO even donated a weird assortment of Russell Crowe paraphernalia to one of the Anchorage stores that announced plans to close on Thursday.

A request for comment from HBO was not immediately returned.

The final two Blockbusters in Alaska are said to still be very profitable. Here in the year 2018, there were only three Blockbuster Video stores left in America.

"How exciting", said the Bend store's general manager Sandi Harding. "It might end up being a little chaotic for a couple of weeks".

It was the great poet Percy Shelley who once wrote: "And on the pedestal, these words appear: My name is Blockbuster, Video Store of Video Stores; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

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