Not that its legacy was purely benevolent; when Blockbuster came to my town in New Jersey, it systematically put most of the local video stores out of business, and some of them were bigger and had better selections. These movies weren't streaming, or on disc.
Most pundits assumed Blockbuster locations in Alaska would remain open due to poor broadband coverage. Those days are gone. Franchise owner Alan Payne told CBS This Morning last year that many people hadn't seen a Blockbuster store in several years. And now, only one store remains in the United States. "Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare the lone and level sands stretch far away". While all Blockbuster corporate stores have been closed in the USA for some time, a third party licensed the name from Dish and had been operating Blockbuster stores in recent years. Two in Alaska, the other in Oregon. At that time, Border made a decision to stop renewing any Blockbuster store leases, resulting in a series of closures across the state over the past nine months.
With the closures, Blockbuster will be down to just one location left open in the entire U.S.: a store in Bend, Oregon. Alaska had 15 stores in its heyday, some of which began closing in the early 2000's. But the way people consumed their movies drastically changed in the 21st century.
Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy way back in 2010. All but one gone. The Blockbusters in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for rentals after Sunday night and open again on Tuesday to sell videos.
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These are the last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska that survived and it is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers. "If you'd asked me 14 years ago, there's no way I'd thought we'd be the last one". Both Kelli Vey and I (Kevin Daymude) have been with the company since 1991 and have had great memories throughout our career.
"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", Daymude and Vey wrote on Facebook.
"We were very up front with them, and they said, 'That's OK, we want you to have it anyway, ' " he said.
"You would not believe how much business we got just from that memorabilia alone", he said.