Blockbuster store will remain, Alaska stores closing


That leaves just one Blockbuster Video, in Bend, Oregon, as the last functioning store in the entire country.

A display case featuring the DVD of the movie "Cinderella Man" and the jockstrap worn by actor Russell Crowe in the movie at a Blockbuster video store in Anchorage, Alaska.

The two remaining Blockbuster stores in Alaska are set to close, marking the end of an era in what has always been one of the video rental business's last strongholds.

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Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska, says the stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for rentals after Sunday night. They will then reopen for a fire sale on their inventory one day later, which will last through the end of August.

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

The statement says both Vey and Daymude have been with the company since 1991. "If you'd asked me 14 years ago, there's no way I'd thought we'd be the last one". I'll even cover your late fees if you come with me.

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"It's always kind of a kick in the trousers every time we close a store", explained Payne. Blockbuster founder Wayne Huizenga died in March. Blockbuster went bankrupt back in 2010, and was purchased by Dish the next year.

Blockbuster managed to survive the onslaught of video streaming in Alaska because of poor internet service compared to the rest of the U.S. Harsh weather conditions would often cut the Internet connection. Slowly but surely, Blockbuster began to fade away like Thanos performed the "Snap" on all of the store's locations. Blockbuster's model, which brought the big-box store mentality to home entertainment, is particularly hard to maintain in that environment.

The Alaska Blockbusters also attracted additional attention recently when John Oliver announced that he was sending some of the props from the Russell Crowe divorce auction to the video rental stores. Only two remain now, and by the fall, there will be none.

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An iconic American entertainment business is down to just one location.