Blockbuster’s last stores in Alaska closing, leaving 1 store in US

Blockbuster’s last stores in Alaska closing, leaving 1 store in US

While the stores struggled to stay in business, the closures sparked media coverage and public despair. No, no, friends. The movies were housed within plastic rectangles known as "VHS tapes".

"We regret to inform our customers that Blockbuster Video will be closing both the College and Debarr stores starting July 16th", read a note from Blockbuster Alaska District Manager Kelli Vey and General Manager Kevin Daymude. Those days are gone. But Alaska has been something of a die-hard for the chain, with stores in Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna finally closing earlier this year, along with another Anchorage location.

Blockbuster might be on its last legs in the USA, but a handful of Australian stores and kiosks are keeping the brand alive. But Blockbuster faithfuls knew it could never replace the authenticity of a physical store. "Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare the lone and level sands stretch far away".

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The announcement, which came in a Thursday Facebook post, means there will be only one remaining location of the iconic franchise left in America: Bend, Oregon.

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. The sole remaining store will be in Bend, Oregon. But the way people consumed their movies drastically changed in the 21st century. A Blockbuster By Mail service wasn't enough to keep them afloat. In September 2010 it filed for bankruptcy and has spent the past eight years closing down stores across the world. And now...here we are.

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years".

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The Anchorage Daily News reports the final two Blockbuster stores in the state announced Thursday they're calling it quits.

"Alaska had always been - I always thought they'd outlast us", she said.

"The memorabilia is probably going to go back to the owner, which is fine, because I don't want a jockstrap in my house", Daymude said. "If you'd asked me 14 years ago, there's no way I'd thought we'd be the last one".

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