Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Alaska’s last two Blockbusters are shutting down, leaving one in US

Alaska’s last two Blockbusters are shutting down, leaving one in US

Alaska's last two Blockbuster video stores are calling it quits, leaving just one store open in the U.S. The Blockbusters in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for rentals after Sunday night and open again on Tuesday to sell videos.

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

The Alaska Blockbusters made national headlines earlier this year when John Oliver bought a number of movie items from Russell Crowe's post-divorce auction, including a leather jockstrap from Cinderella Man and a vest from Les Miserables, and sent them to the stores.

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Daymude says the buzz from the Oliver connection brought more people to the store.

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. Blockbuster's last remaining location will officially be Bend, Oregon.

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

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"Alaska had always been - I always thought they'd outlast us", she said. Now, the last two Blockbusters in Alaska are going away. We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say "Hello".

"You would not believe how much business we got just from that memorabilia alone", he said. Its fellow OR stores, in Redmond and Sandy, have closed in recent months. Blockbuster then peaked in 2004 with an incredible 9,094 stores worldwide ... and then quickly plummeted to declare bankruptcy in 2010. The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna stores closed this year, as did another Anchorage location near the intersection of Old Seward Highway and Huffman Road.

Blockbuster also runs a streaming service and vending machines in some European countries, as well as several physical locations in Australia. Blockbuster stuck around as a brand name after the stores closed as a streaming service called Blockbuster on Demand, but that ceased operations in 2015.

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