The two Alaska closures will leave the Blockbuster in Bend, Ore., as the last store standing. "It's hard to say goodbye".
During the last five years, locations that operated as licensed franchises were able to continue business under the Blockbuster name, which is how these three locations managed to stay around as long as they did.
We imagine you're now wondering where the last Blockbuster in the United States is. "We can't string this out any longer without creating some financial problems".
While most states lost their Blockbuster locations years ago, Alaska had held onto the brand.
Chains like Movie Gallery, Video King, and Hollywood Video have also collapsed as the market has shifted dramatically toward streaming, although Family Video remains a thriving enterprise with over 700 locations in North America.
The company has faced fierce competition from online video streaming services such as Netflix and filed for bankruptcy protections in 2010.
"I wish they would come in and buy something", she said.
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In the Fairbanks area, Vey said the challenge of getting speedy, affordable internet service is one thing that brings people to the store.
"It's going to be insane", Daymude said of the temporary reopening.
In April, John Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, sent the DeBarr, Anchorage store a significant amount of Russell Crowe memorabilia purchased from the actor's divorce auction, including the jockstrap from the 2005 boxing film Cinderella Man, in a last-ditch bid to keep the store open.
At its peak, Blockbuster operated over 9,000 stores, the New York Times reported in 2011.
To all of our valued customers, We regret to inform our customers that Blockbuster Video will be closing both the... "I'm not sure what we're going to do with it".
"How exciting", said the Bend store's general manager Sandi Harding. "We have a bunch of 19-year-olds working here - it's fun explaining to them what a floppy disk is". "It just seems a little insane".