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Alaska’s last two Blockbusters are shutting down, leaving one in US

Alaska’s last two Blockbusters are shutting down, leaving one in US”

Now, the lone remaining Blockbuster store is in OR, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Alan Payne, owner of the Alaska stores through licensee Border Entertainment, explained that he and his team had determined sometime a year ago that renewing the remaining stores' leases did not make financial sense.

The Associated Press reports that two Alaska locations in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for business on Sunday, then begin selling their remaining stock on Tuesday.

"Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years", the post continued. "We have a bunch of 19-year-olds working here - it's fun explaining to them what a floppy disk is".

The last two Blockbuster stores in Alaska will close. The sole remaining store will be in Bend, Oregon.

Around two months ago, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver attempted to rescue the DeBarr Road Blockbuster by donating the jockstrap used by Russell Crowe in Cinderella Man, but while the unconventional choice of memorabilia helped create short-lived interest and increased customers, it wasn't enough to secure the store's future.

"We have a great customer base", he said, "and it kills us to tell these customers that we're having to close down. Can we go see it?" There, they built a shrine to the actor with such props as a hood from Robin Hood and a Vest from Les Miserables.

Daymude sent photos to Crowe of the memorabilia on display in his story. Despite modern technology rendering the stores obsolete, a handful have managed to survive in the US. Alongside Blockbuster, there are also other independent video stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Alaska's Wasilla, North Pole and Soldotna stores, along with another one in Anchorage, have all closed shop for good this year, the Anchorage Daily News reported. It was the seventh last-remaining story. Its fellow OR stores, in Redmond and Sandy, have closed in recent months. The sale will continue until August, or until everything is sold out.

However, the unexpected boom of streaming services like Netflix dealt a blow to video stores that they could not recover from.



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