Once the juggernaut of the home video rental industry, Blockbuster Video is now officially closing all but one of its remaining three stores.
According to Deadline, both of the remaining Blockbusters in Alaska — one in Anchorage and one in Fairbanks — will be shutting down their retail business on Monday, July 16. The stores will reopen the next day through the end of August in order to sell off their remaining inventory.
This means that there will be only one Blockbuster location left in the wild: the store located in Bend, Oregon, a city with a population of 91,122 people who apparently still love brick and mortar movie rentals.
Blockbuster Video has essentially been dead and gone since 2013, when the company announced that it was closing all of its remaining locations (with the exception of the three listed above). Those stores have operated as licensed franchises able to continue operating under the Blockbuster name, which is how they’ve managed to stay around for the last five years. Interestingly, the two Alaskan outlets were allegedly still profitable, but the owner said he chose to close them nine months ago because renewing the leases wouldn’t be financially viable.
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