Blockbuster stores in Alaska to close

Blockbuster stores in Alaska to close

According to Anchorage Daily News, the last two Blockbuster locations in Alaska are closing down.

Kevin Daymude, general manager of the Anchorage store, said the closing of both stores has not only to do with the ending of both leases but also the economy. The stores will get rid of their videos in a liquidation sale that starts Tuesday.

The Alaska Blockbusters made national headlines earlier this year when John Oliver bought a number of movie items from Russell Crowe's post-divorce auction, including a leather jockstrap from Cinderella Man and a vest from Les Miserables, and sent them to the stores.

Alan Payne, who owns the Alaska stores through a Texas-based Blockbuster licensee called Border Entertainment, said he and his team determined about nine months ago that it wouldn't make sense to renew any more leases on the stores that remained. Which means the store in Bend, Oregon is the last Blockbuster standing.

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.

"We were very up front with them, and they said, 'That's OK, we want you to have it anyway, ' " he said.

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years".

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"We will miss all of you!"

"It is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers".

"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.

Back in April, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver featured the remaining Alaskan Blockbusters (at that time there were three).

Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy way back in 2010. He added that his team had explained to people involved with Oliver's show that the stores would probably not be open much longer.

In March, a store in North Pole, Alaska, closed down. Slowly but surely, Blockbuster began to fade away like Thanos performed the "Snap" on all of the store's locations.

However, the unexpected boom of streaming services like Netflix dealt a blow to video stores that they could not recover from.

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