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

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

As a result of the closures, only one blockbuster in the United States still exists. Now, the Anchorage Daily News reports the two Alaskan Blockbusters are closing for good.

It's not just streaming services that have hurt the video rental business, Payne said, attributing the decline in part to how smartphones and social media have changed the way people spend free time.

The past few years, however, have seen most - and now all - of the remaining Alaska Blockbusters issue their last late fee.

"If you'd asked me 14 years ago, there's no way I'd thought we'd be the last one", declared Sandi Harding, the general manager at the Blockbuster in Oregon. The owners told Deadline that while the stores are still profitable, the money they're making is rapidly declining, and it wouldn't make financial sense to renew the leases. The video rental chain once flourished throughout the country, but eventually filed for bankruptcy after streaming took hold of the American consumer.

The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010 and parent firm Dish Network started closing U.S. stores in 2013. By 2016, only 9 remained. All but one gone.

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Kevin Daymude, Blockbuster Alaska general manager, said the final stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close Monday and reopen the following day to sell off remaining inventory through the end of August.

These are the last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska that survived and it is sad to say goodbye to our dedicated customers.

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", Daymude said in a heartfelt message on Facebook. Both Kelli Vey and I (Kevin Daymude) have been with the company since 1991 and have had great memories throughout our career. 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", Daymude said.

"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. "We have a bunch of 19-year-olds working here - it's fun explaining to them what a floppy disk is".


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