Alaska’s Blockbuster video stores closing, leaving just one left

Alaska’s Blockbuster video stores closing, leaving just one left

The Anchorage Daily News reports the final two Blockbuster stores in the state announced Thursday they're calling it quits.

Both stores will close their doors on Monday with plans to reopen for an inventory sale starting at noon Tuesday that will run through July and August, according to a statement on the Blockbuster official Facebook page.

HBO "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver made an effort to help drum up business at the Anchorage location in April by sending the store movie memorabilia to display, including a jockstrap worn by actor Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie "Cinderella Man".

Alan Payne, who owns the Alaska stores through a Texas-based Blockbuster licensee called Border Entertainment, said he and his team determined about nine months ago that it wouldn't make sense to renew any more leases on the stores that remained.

This week, there are three stores remaining, but by next week there will only be one store open for business - in Bend, Oregon.

Blockbuster has managed to keep locations open in Alaska longer than the rest of the country, thanks to the state's long winters and generally slow WiFi.

Alaska had always been - I always thought they'd outlast us.

Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy back in 2011 and closed its last corporate store in 2014, signalling it was closing down all operations.

"We will miss all of you!" "I can't thank John Oliver or his show enough". Now, the last two Blockbusters in Alaska are going away. "I can't tell you how much it means to us".

"We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say "Hello, '" the final two shops" managers posted in a Facebook announcement on Thursday. Blockbuster shuttered most of their stores years ago, but a few stragglers remained. An employee interviewed for the segment noted that many people simply photograph or enter the store for the novelty and memories. The company's North Pole location closed in March, leaving only five locations left at that time.

Ever since the mid-2000s, Blockbuster has struggled to compete with Netflix and other streaming services.