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

14 July, 2018, 02:31 | Author: Donna Miller
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In an interview Thursday, Daymude said many customers had called or stopped by to say they'll miss their local Blockbuster. Maybe, Blockbuster should have hopped on the streaming train along with Amazon, Apple, and other companies that chose to step into the new age.

Blockbuster gave in and declared bankruptcy in 2010, and its remaining 1,700 stores were bought by Dish Network in 2011. Franchise owner Alan Payne told CBS This Morning last year that many people hadn't seen a Blockbuster store in several years.

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". "If you'd asked me 14 years ago, there's no way I'd thought we'd be the last one".

Comedian John Oliver actually tried to save the struggling Alaska Blockbusters this past April in a amusing campaign that included Russell Crowe's jock strap. While this brought publicity and increased sales to the stores, it wasn't enough to offset the planned lease increase.

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The jockstrap will probably go to Payne, who lives outside Austin, Texas. Alaska had 15 stores in its heyday, some of which began closing in the early 2000's.

Anchorage Daily News reports the video rental chain has been endangered for several years now - in 2013, there were 13 surviving Blockbuster outlets, but three years later, that number had dwindled to just nine. Their relative popularity is often attributed to the fact that Alaska's internet quality is too poor for many people to take advantage of streaming services like Netflix. Which means the store in Bend, Oregon is the last Blockbuster standing.

Sandi Harding, the Bend store's general manager, told CNN she was surprised her store was the last one open. "It might end up being a little chaotic for a couple of weeks". And the future looked bleak from a financial standpoint.

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