Last Blockbuster Video Store in America to Hang On

The last Blockbuster in Bend Oregon

The last Blockbuster in Bend Oregon

The two remaining Blockbuster stores in Alaska are set to close, marking the end of an era in what has always been one of the video rental business's last strongholds.

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.

"We have a great customer base", he said, "and it kills us to tell these customers that we're having to close down". And who's to say how long it will stay in business? She said she has been working at Blockbuster for 14 years and seen her share of heartache as stores closed. The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna locations closed earlier this year, along with a second Anchorage store.

Blockbuster has managed to keep locations open in Alaska longer than the rest of the country, thanks to the state's long winters and generally slow WiFi.

Even after receiving a gift of movie memorabilia from Russell Crowe's career, through John Oliver's show, "Last Week Tonight", the Debarr road store in Anchorage and the College Road store in Fairbanks will be closing.

Now, the managers told the Anchorage Daily News the memorabilia will likely go back to its owner, and residents will have to find their movies another way.

As recently as 2013, Alaska had remained a fairly strong holdout for Blockbuster Video stores, with 13 brick-and-mortar locations, but that number quickly dwindled. While some doubt that location will close anytime soon given that it seems to still attract a crowd, it's worth noting that the owners of the Alaska locations have stated that the stores were still considered to be profitable. Blockbuster's model, which brought the big-box store mentality to home entertainment, is particularly hard to maintain in that environment. The leases on the last two Blockbusters are up at the end of August.

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

"How exciting", said the Bend store's general manager Sandi Harding.

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