Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

There's only one Blockbuster store left in the United States

There's only one Blockbuster store left in the United States

Two of the three remaining Blockbuster video locations in the US will soon close, according to an announcement made Thursday.

According to Deadline, the stores officially close on Monday, but will sell off their remaining inventory from Tuesday until the end of August.

"These are the last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska that survived and it is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers", Daymude and District Manager Kelli Vey wrote on Facebook.

It's been suggested that Blockbuster stores have been preserved for longer in Alaska due to the state's costly internet - which drove many residents to continue renting videos instead of viewing content online.

Yet, here we are months later with soon-to-be one Blockbuster remaining in all of the 50 states.

The company, which once boasted almost 10,000 locations in the USA, was founded by Waste Management founder and former Florida Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga, who passed away earlier this year.

"We were very up front with them, and they said, 'That's OK, we want you to have it anyway, ' " he said. "We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years".

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"You would not believe how much business we got just from that memorabilia alone", he said. Now, the last two Blockbusters in Alaska are going away.

"We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say "Hello", Blockbuster Alaska said in a Facebook post. "I can't thank John Oliver or his show enough".

In recent years, Blockbuster stores have vanished in most of the country. In September 2010 it filed for bankruptcy and has spent the past eight years closing down stores across the world. Blockbuster stuck around as a brand name after the stores closed as a streaming service called Blockbuster on Demand, but that ceased operations in 2015.

At its peak, Blockbuster operated over 9,000 stores, the New York Times reported in 2011.

Blockbuster formally closed all company-owned stores by January 2014, leaving franchisees to fend for themselves.

Ever since the mid-2000s, Blockbuster has struggled to compete with Netflix and other streaming services.

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