Blockbusters in Alaska set to close; 1 store left in US

14 Juillet, 2018, 02:32 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • A man walks past a Blockbuster Video store

Blockbuster managed to survive the onslaught of video streaming in Alaska because of poor internet service compared to the rest of the U.S. Harsh weather conditions would often cut the Internet connection. "Last two Blockbusters in Alaska are closing".

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. Its fellow OR stores, in Redmond and Sandy, have closed in recent months.

The closures leave just one store standing in the USA, in Bend, Oregon. The two stores will reopen on Tuesday in an effort to sell their remaining stock. But the guy who owns the Alaskan stores determined 9 months ago that keeping the operation afloat at any level just no longer made any sense, not even for nostalgic reasons. But the way people consumed their movies drastically changed in the 21st century. After announcing it would close its final 300 retail stores, the company vowed to continue serving customers online through an On Demand app. In 2013, the store said it would shut down 300 stores and cut 3,000 jobs. All but one gone.

The manager of Blockbuster Alaska told the AP the stores will stop renting discs on Sunday; after a liquidation sale, their outlets in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for good. In the segment, Oliver offered movie memorabilia to the stores to help increase business.

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The statement says both Vey and Daymude have been with the company since 1991. "We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years", wrote District Manager Kelli Vey and General Manager Kevin Daymude in the Facebook post.

"We have a great customer base", he said, "and it kills us to tell these customers that we're having to close down". Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years.

"It's always kind of a kick in the trousers every time we close a store". "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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