There’s now only one Blockbuster remaining within the US – TechCrunch


After which there was one.

With the approaching closures of Blockbuster areas in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, only one single retailer will stay within the nation, Anchorage Every day Information reported yesterday. The 2 areas in Alaska will formally shut their respective doorways on July 16, leaving only one location in Bend, Ore.

“…it is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers,” Blockbuster Alaska Basic Supervisor Kevin Daymude mentioned in a Fb put up asserting the closures. “Both [the district manager] and I have been with the company since 1991 and have had great memories throughout our career. Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years. I can’t tell you how much it means to us.”

Following the preliminary closures on the 16th, the areas will reopen on the 17th via the tip of August for a list sale. However, as for the “Cinderella Man” memorabilia John Oliver gifted the Anchorage location earlier this summer time, Daymude advised Anchorage Every day Information that it’s prone to return to its authentic proprietor.

The film rental chain opened its first retailer in Dallas in 1985* and swelled to a booming 9,000 areas by 2004. However, with the introduction of streaming companies and a normal change in customers’ viewing habits, the corporate has been closing areas within the final decade and introduced in 2013 the approaching closing of its remaining areas.

It’s exhausting to say with certainty why Blockbuster has endured in Alaska through the years regardless of its relative extinction in the remainder of the US, although some level to spotty and costly web connections.

Or perhaps it’s simply the nostalgia. District Supervisor Kelli Vey advised Anchorage Every day Information that the shops noticed quite a lot of selfies — however not almost as many gross sales.

“I wish they would come in and buy something,” Vey advised the paper. “All day long, I joke that I need to put a picture of somebody in the window to photobomb them.”

For these nonetheless wishing to pay homage to the late ’90s and early 2000s large, the Bend location is open Friday and Saturday from 10:30 am – 10 pm and Sunday – Thursday from 10:30 am – 9 pm. However perhaps this time take into consideration renting a film after you’ve snapped your image.

*Up to date 2:50 PM ET to appropriate the date the primary Blockbuster opened



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