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Blockbusters in Alaska set to close; 1 store left in US

13 July 2018

We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say "Hello". The video rental chain once flourished throughout the country, but eventually filed for bankruptcy after streaming took hold of the American consumer. No, no, friends. The movies were housed within plastic rectangles known as "VHS tapes".

The final two Blockbusters in Alaska are said to still be very profitable. Those days are gone.

The past few years, however, have seen most - and now all - of the remaining Alaska Blockbusters issue their last late fee. As a result of the closures, only one blockbuster in the United States still exists.

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As for the fate of that store, the future looks good. "Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare the lone and level sands stretch far away". Most of the US stores closed shop soon after that. Two in Alaska, the other in Oregon. Which means the store in Bend, Oregon is the last Blockbuster standing. Some stores in more remote, less populated parts of the state began closing in the early 2000s. But the way people consumed their movies drastically changed in the 21st century. Much of Alaska has unreliable internet, with ranking it third-to-last in terms of internet connectivity in the U.S. The streaming video market has therefore been less successful, allowing stores like Blockbuster to continue to thrive. All but one gone.

"These are the last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska that survived and it is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers", said a post co-signed by Kelli Vey, District Manager, and Kevin Daymude, General Manager.

Alan Payne, owner of the Alaska stores through licensee Border Entertainment, explained that he and his team had determined sometime previous year that renewing the remaining stores' leases did not make financial sense. "We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years ..."

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"I tell you, we're going to get a lot of traffic, is what I'm expecting", Daymude told the Associated Press.

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

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Blockbusters in Alaska set to close; 1 store left in US