There Will Only Be 1 Blockbuster in America Soon

Postado Julho 13, 2018

The owner of the Alaska stores had told Deadline that the stores remained profitable, but decided that renewing the lease on the stores didn't make financial sense.

An iconic American entertainment business is down to just one location. We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say "Hello".

Bend's Blockbuster looks just like stores from years ago - yellow on the inside and employees sporting blue shirts. The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna locations closed earlier this year, along with a second Anchorage store.

If movie-streaming seems like Goliath, Blockbuster video store owners are an industry's Davids still fighting to keep the brand alive.

Kelli Vey, the district manager for the Fairbanks area, sees people in summer and winter alike hopping out of their cars to snap photos and then drive off.

She remembers when Netflix came out. Can Bend remain? Its appeal, locals say, lies in the customer service available and, ironically in a time when choice is abundant online, the ease of picking from a limited range.

"It's pretty exciting that we are the last holdout", she said. "I'm getting some tears, getting lots of hugs".

Two months ago the show sent a jockstrap worn by Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie "Cinderella Man" and other items to an Anchorage store, which displayed it in an effort to ramp up business.

"The memorabilia is probably going to go back to the owner, which is fine, because I don't want a jockstrap in my house", Daymude said.

It's not clear yet what will happen to the memorabilia, Payne said. Much of Alaska has unreliable internet, with HighSpeedInternet.com 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.

"We have a great customer base", he said, "and it kills us to tell these customers that we're having to close down". "I'm not sure what we're going to do with it". One location on DeBarr Road in Anchorage and another store in Fairbank will be closing down on Monday. "It just seems a little insane".