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The US has just one Blockbuster left

14 July 2018
The US has just one Blockbuster left

They will then reopen the next day through the end of August exclusively to sell off their remaining inventory.

Two Blockbuster stores in Alaska are closing this month, which will reportedly make the location in Bend, Oregon, the only Blockbuster left. Blockbuster Alaska announced via its Facebook account that its Anchorage and Fairbanks stores will close for rental business on Monday, then reopen at noon on Tuesday to begin liquidating stock.

Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy back in 2011 and closed its last corporate store in 2014, signalling it was closing down all operations. There are still some locations overseas. With affordable internet access scarce in the state, video rental stores, while not thriving, had at least been surviving. A Blockbuster video store is seen on November 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Not that its legacy was purely benevolent; when Blockbuster came to my town in New Jersey, it systematically put most of the local video stores out of business, and some of them were bigger and had better selections.

Daymude said the loss of such a loyal customer base will be a hard element in addition to the closing.

"It's very nostalgic", she said.

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", Daymude said in a heartfelt message on Facebook.

And the Anchorage location had recently gotten national attention when Last Week Tonight host John Oliver sent the store a collection of Russell Crowe memorabilia, including the actor's jockstrap from his 2005 film "Cinderella Man".

It temporarily worked, according to Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska.

On Sunday, two stores in Anchorage, Alaska, will shut up shop for good. We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say 'Hello.' What a great time to build your media library and share some Blockbuster memories with us.

Most pundits assumed Blockbuster locations in Alaska would remain open due to poor broadband coverage.