Fairbanks Blockbuster closing as last two Alaska stores come to an end

A man walks past a Blockbuster Video store

The Anchorage Daily News reports the final two Blockbuster stores in the state announced Thursday they're calling it quits. On Tuesday, the DVDs and videos at the store will be up for grabs in a liquidation firesale.

The Oregon store manager told the AP that her location becoming the last in the USA could possibly boost sales, adding that her business was not in danger of closing. Nostalgic visitors flocked to the Alaska Blockbuster locations to take photos of the iconic blue-and-yellow signs and rows of DVDs. The Alaska stores were apparently actually profitable, according to Deadline, but not enough to justify renewing their leases. Blockbuster then peaked in 2004 with an incredible 9,094 stores worldwide ... and then quickly plummeted to declare bankruptcy in 2010. It's a bit of a destination.

"It's kind of emotional", she said.

Alaska, long the last frontier of Blockbuster, is about to lose the last holdouts of the video-rental chain. But the advent of broadband and downloading/streaming video services saw the chain go the way of the VHS cassette, floppy disk, and fax machine-though the latter is still popular with the UK's National Health Service.

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".

Kevin Daymude, general manager of the Anchorage store, said the closing of both stores has not only to do with the ending of both leases but also the economy.

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years".

"You would not believe how much business we got just from that memorabilia alone", he said. Not that its legacy was purely benevolent; when Blockbuster came to my town in New Jersey, it systematically put most of the local video stores out of business, and some of them were bigger and had better selections.

So it seems like if you want to relive your greatest Blockbuster memories, you still have time.

Some have credited expensive internet as a factor in keeping the Alaska locations open longer than most stores.

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