The announcement, which came in a Thursday Facebook post, means there will be only one remaining location of the iconic franchise left in America: Bend, Oregon.
Alaska's final two Blockbuster video stores will rent out their last movies and close up shop at the end of the week, management announced Thursday - leaving the USA with a single remaining location. The company's precipitous decline in the streaming age has now reached its near-nadir: As of August, there will be only one operating Blockbuster store in the entire country. "We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years", Blockbuster Alaska wrote on its Facebook page on Thursday.
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"Alaska had always been - I always thought they'd outlast us", she said. The company's North Pole location closed in March, leaving only five locations left at that time.
Blockbuster gave in and declared bankruptcy in 2010, and its remaining 1,700 stores were bought by Dish Network in 2011.
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Now, the managers told the Anchorage Daily News the memorabilia will likely go back to its owner, and residents will have to find their movies another way. At its peak, the video rental chain had more than 9,000 stores in operation at one time. Slowly but surely, Blockbuster began to fade away like Thanos performed the "Snap" on all of the store's locations. By this year, only a pair in Alaska and the final OR store had endured. In May, John Oliver and HBO even donated a weird assortment of Russell Crowe paraphernalia to one of the Anchorage stores that announced plans to close on Thursday.
Owner Alan Payne apparently determined as long as nine months ago that it would no longer make financial sense to keep the last two Alaskan Blockbusters open, once their leases expired at the end of August. One location on DeBarr Road in Anchorage and another store in Fairbank will be closing down on Monday. "It just seems a little crazy" General Manager Sandi Harding said, adding that she doesn't plan on shutting up shop.
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