Guess what? There's only one Blockbuster store left now

The last Blockbuster in Bend Oregon

Soon, there will only be one lonely Blockbuster Video left in America.

Blockbuster Video, the former Goliath in the home-video rental industry, is officially closing two of its remaining three stores in existence. 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. "The loyalty was huge, I mean they were like family and we'll miss them desperately". 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. While all Blockbuster corporate stores have been closed in the US for some time, a third party licensed the name from Dish and had been operating Blockbuster stores in recent years. Alongside Blockbuster, there are also other independent video stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

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. "I can't thank John Oliver or his show enough".

Late-night television host John Oliver did what he could, but even Russell Crowe's jockstrap couldn't save the Anchorage, Alaska, Blockbuster from closing its doors for good.

In the Fairbanks area, Vey said the challenge of getting speedy, affordable internet service is one thing that brings people to the store.

The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010 and parent firm Dish Network started closing U.S. stores in 2013. The movie and video game rental service was one of the most popular stores in the 90's and early 00's. One location on DeBarr Road in Anchorage and another store in Fairbank will be closing down on Monday.

The owner of the Alaska stores had told Deadline that the stores remained profitable, but decided that renewing the lease on the stores didn't make financial sense. "It just seems a little insane".

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