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America has just one Blockbuster store left

14 July 2018

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. "The memorabilia is probably going to go back to the owner", Daymude explained, "which is fine, because I don't want a jockstrap in my house".

In an interview Thursday, Daymude said many customers had called or stopped by to say they'll miss their local Blockbuster. Now, the Anchorage Daily News reports the two Alaskan Blockbusters are closing for good. One Blockbuster store in the United States, that is. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and was bought out by Dish Network in 2011.

If movie-streaming seems like Goliath, Blockbuster video store owners are an industry's Davids still fighting to keep the brand alive. Pledging to donate the items to a worthy cause, Oliver zeroed in on two of the last remaining Blockbusters, located in Alaska, promising that if one of them contacted the show, they could display the memorabilia in their store. "If you'd asked me 14 years ago, there's no way I'd thought we'd be the last one".

In 2013, there were thirteen Blockbuster stores in Alaska, which fell to nine by 2016.

The jockstrap will probably go to Payne, who lives outside Austin, Texas.

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In its heyday, Blockbuster had 15 stores in Alaska, Daymude said. Alaska had 15 stores in its heyday, some of which began closing in the early 2000's. And while a handful of Blockbuster franchises remained open in recent years, there's now only one left.

But their survival lasted longer in Alaska, with some crediting expensive internet as a factor in keeping many people renting videos rather than streaming.

Yet, here we are months later with soon-to-be one Blockbuster remaining in all of the 50 states.

"How exciting", said the Bend store's general manager Sandi Harding. And the future looked bleak from a financial standpoint.

Daymude said the loss of such a loyal customer base will be a hard element in addition to the closing.

America has just one Blockbuster store left