End of watch: Only one Blockbuster remains in the entire country

End of watch: Only one Blockbuster remains in the entire country

Alaska's final two Blockbuster video stores will rent out their last movies and close up shop at the end of the week, management announced Thursday - leaving the USA with a single remaining location.

"These are the last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska that survived and it is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers", Kevin Daymude, the stores' general manager, said in a Facebook post.

Blockbuster Alaska announced the closure of its two Anchorage stores, saying inventory will be liquidated through the months of July and August.

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".

In its report, the Anchorage Daily News confirmed with Border Entertainment, a Texas-based holding company that operated all of Alaska's Blockbuster stores, that closure plans had been in the works before the end of 2017.

But now there's only one Blockbuster store left in America: An outlet in Bend, Oregon.


Some have credited expensive internet as a factor in keeping the Alaska locations open longer than most stores.

"I go out at 6-7 o'clock in the morning buying the new movies, getting what people want, trying to stay relevant and keep our customers happy", she told CNN.

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", Daymude and Vey wrote on Facebook. "We have a bunch of 19-year-olds working here - it's fun explaining to them what a floppy disk is".

Two of Blockbuster's last three stores will close on Sunday.

The company has faced fierce competition from online video streaming services such as Netflix and filed for bankruptcy protections in 2010. "I can't thank John Oliver or his show enough". But Blockbuster faithfuls knew it could never replace the authenticity of a physical store. At its peak, the video rental chain had more than 9,000 stores in operation at one time. "I can't tell you how much it means to us". Stores in Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna only closed earlier this year. Its fellow OR stores, in Redmond and Sandy, have closed in recent months.

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