Published: Fri, July 13, 2018

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

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

The manager of Blockbuster Alaska told the AP the stores will stop renting discs on Sunday; after a liquidation sale, their outlets in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for good.

The harsh realities of modern business are that the world only has enough room in it for one Blockbuster Video store, but don't worry: according to Harding, the OR location has no plans to close down anytime soon.

General manager Kevin Daymude is setting up a display of Russell Crowe movie memorabilia at the Blockbuster store on DeBarr Road in Anchorage on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, which includes the leather jockstrap Crowe wore in the movie "Cinderella Man".

In its report, the Anchorage Daily News confirmed with Border Entertainment, a Texas-based holding company that operated all of Alaska's Blockbuster stores, that closure plans had been in the works before the end of 2017.

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

While Blockbusters began disappearing across the U.S.in 2013, Alaska remained a lucrative market for the rental video company.


"I go out at 6-7 o'clock in the morning buying the new movies, getting what people want, trying to stay relevant and keep our customers happy", she told CNN. "We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years ..."

The last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska will close.

Blockbuster managed to survive the onslaught of video streaming in Alaska because of poor internet service compared to the rest of the U.S. Harsh weather conditions would often cut the Internet connection. Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years.

The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010 and parent firm Dish Network started closing United States stores in 2013.

At the peak of Blockbuster's popularity there were more than 9,000 locations dotting the US. But Blockbuster faithfuls knew it could never replace the authenticity of a physical store. The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna locations closed earlier this year, along with a second Anchorage store.

However, over the last few years, even the Alaska locations have died off with the rise of streaming services like Netflix.

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