Last Alaska Blockbusters set to close, leaving 1 store in US


Last Alaska Blockbusters set to close, leaving 1 store in US

But with the last two holdouts in Alaska set to close next week, the move will leave one solitary Blockbuster in the whole of America.

The outlets will close for rentals after Sunday night and will reopen on Tuesday through to August as they look to sell off their remaining inventory.

Just a few months earlier, one of the Anchorage Blockbusters stores enjoyed a brief renaissance after John Oliver gifted it a jockstrap worn by Russell Crowe in the movie Cinderella Man.

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.

By the end of 2018, there will be only one remaining Blockbuster Video location in the United States - in Bend, Oregon.

Most pundits assumed Blockbuster locations in Alaska would remain open due to poor broadband coverage.

"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. "We have a bunch of 19-year-olds working here - it's fun explaining to them what a floppy disk is". "I can't thank John Oliver or his show enough".

The last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska will close.

"We regret to inform you that our North Pole store will be closing", Blockbuster Alaska wrote on its Facebook page.

"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. In September 2010 it filed for bankruptcy and has spent the past eight years closing down stores across the world.

In its heyday, Blockbuster had 15 stores in Alaska, Daymude said.

It's been a slow death for Blockbuster, the once-ubiquitous video rental store that faced its end at the hands of streaming services such as Netflix and rental kiosks like Redbox.

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", the post continued. An employee interviewed for the segment noted that many people simply photograph or enter the store for the novelty and memories.