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Blockbuster Video down to one U.S. store

Blockbuster Video down to one U.S. store

Two Blockbuster video stores are closing in Alaska, leaving just one left in the United States. Kevin Daymude, Blockbuster Alaska general manager Kevin Daymude told CNN affiliate KTVA.

Blockbuster Alaska announced the closure of its two Anchorage stores, saying inventory will be liquidated through the months of July and August. While this brought publicity and increased sales to the stores, it wasn't enough to offset the planned lease increase. That leaves a lone Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon as the last man standing in a video chain that, at its peak, had more than 9,000 stores, half outside the U.S., and employed more than 84,000 people worldwide.

While Blockbusters began disappearing across the U.S.in 2013, Alaska remained a lucrative market for the rental video company. "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 bunch of 19-year-olds working here - it's fun explaining to them what a floppy disk is". Now, the last two Blockbusters in Alaska are going away. We hope to see you at our stores during the closing, even if it's just to say 'Hello.' What a great time to build your media library and share some Blockbuster memories with us. "I can't tell you how much it means to us". He also sent John Oliver movies featuring the memorabilia as a thank you.

The statement says both Vey and Daymude have been with the company since 1991. And while a handful of Blockbuster franchises remained open in recent years, there's now only one left.




If movie-streaming seems like Goliath, Blockbuster video store owners are an industry's Davids still fighting to keep the brand alive.

At the peak of its success, the once-iconic video rental chain had more than 9,000 stores and employed more than 84,000 people worldwide, Deadline reported. The Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna stores closed this year, as did another Anchorage location near the intersection of Old Seward Highway and Huffman Road.

Ever since the mid-2000s, Blockbuster has struggled to compete with Netflix and other streaming services.