Two Alaska-based Blockbuster stores are closing next week, as reported by Gizmodo, leaving the OR location the sole remaining outlet. As both movies and television have now entered the digital streaming world, the video store is all but extinct.
It temporarily worked, according to Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska.
With these closures, there is now just one more Blockbuster store remaining in all of America in Bend, Oregon. The last two Alaska store leases end in August.
Most pundits assumed Blockbuster locations in Alaska would remain open due to poor broadband coverage.
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"You would not believe how much business we got just from that memorabilia alone", he 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 told the Anchorage Daily News. The two stores, both in Anchorage, Alaska, will close on July 16. The only remaining Blockbuster in the U.S.? I'll even cover your late fees if you come with me.
The company, which once boasted almost 10,000 locations in the US, was founded by Waste Management founder and former Florida Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga, who passed away earlier this year.
Sandi Harding, the general manager of the Bend location, told USA Today her store has lasted because of her "amazing, loyal customers". The two recently closed down storefronts were located in Alaska, with one in Fairbanks and one in Anchorage. Some stores in more remote, less populated parts of the state began closing in the early 2000s.
The stores in Alaska reportedly thrived after the company went into bankruptcy 2011 and was purchased by Dish Corporation in 2013, mainly because of expensive high-speed internet service across the state. "It just seems a little insane".