There's Just One Blockbuster Video Left in the Entire Country

Blockbuster is down to one retail location in the United States

Blockbuster Down to Final U.S. Location Getty Kevork Djansezian 13 Jul 2018

"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.

"It's going to be insane", Daymude said of the temporary reopening.

In an interview Thursday, Daymude said many customers had called or stopped by to say they'll miss their local Blockbuster.

Most pundits assumed Blockbuster locations in Alaska would remain open due to poor broadband coverage. Alongside Blockbuster, there are also other independent video stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

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The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010 and parent firm Dish Network started closing USA stores in 2013. According to Deadline, at Blockbuster's peak it had "more than 9,000 stores, half outside the U.S., and employed more than 84,000 people worldwide".

General manager Kevin Daymude is setting up a display of Russell Crowe movie memorabilia at the Blockbuster store on DeBarr Road in Anchorage on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, which includes the leather jockstrap Crowe wore in the movie "Cinderella Man".

Daymude says the buzz from the Oliver connection brought business to the store.

"You would not believe how much business we got just from that memorabilia alone", he said. In May, John Oliver and HBO even donated a freaky assortment of Russell Crowe paraphernalia to one of the Anchorage stores that announced plans to close on Thursday. But to the best of her knowledge, after the Alaska stores close, her location will be the only one left in America. Nostalgic visitors flocked to the Alaska Blockbuster locations to take photos of the iconic blue-and-yellow signs and rows of DVDs. Alaska had 15 stores in its heyday, some of which began closing in the early 2000's. That store may stay open for at least another ten more years.

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The last store standing in the video rental apocalypse, however, is in Bend, Oregon. "It might end up being a little chaotic for a couple of weeks".

It was the great poet Percy Shelley who once wrote: "And on the pedestal, these words appear: My name is Blockbuster, Video Store of Video Stores; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

"We were very up front with them, and they said, 'That's OK, we want you to have it anyway, ' " he said.

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