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After Alaska closings, just 1 Blockbuster left in US

16 July 2018

Two Blockbuster video stores are closing in Alaska, leaving just one left in the United States.

Blockbuster Alaska District Manager Kelli Vey and General Manager Kevin Daymude took to Facebook to issue the following message regarding the Alaskan closures.

He said residents were sad when they heard the news, with many people reminiscing about Blockbuster - a once familiar sight on both sides of the Atlantic.

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All the way back in 2013, Blockbuster Video announced it would be closing all of its remaining locations, though these three stores managed to buck the odds and survive for another half decade. Blockbuster then peaked in 2004 with an incredible 9,094 stores worldwide ... and then quickly plummeted to declare bankruptcy in 2010.

The last store standing in the video rental apocalypse, however, is in Bend, Oregon. The Alaska stores were apparently actually profitable, according to Deadline, but not enough to justify renewing their leases.

"You would not believe how much business we got just from that memorabilia alone", Daymude said. Oliver showcased it all on the show, and revealed that "Last Week Tonight" paid $7,000 for the jockstrap.

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For years now in Alaska, announcements have cropped up every few months that another Blockbuster will shut its doors.

For the past few years, Alaska remained the only state in the US where the video rental company still had a strong presence.

A display case featuring the DVD of the movie "Cinderella Man" and the jockstrap worn by actor Russell Crowe in the movie at a Blockbuster video store in Anchorage, Alaska. The once very big, now-endangered video chain has reportedly closed down two of it's final three remaining stores, Deadline reports.

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"It might end up being a little chaotic for a couple of weeks", Harding told the Associated Press. And the future looked bleak from a financial standpoint. The General Manager Sandi Harding of that location spoke on his franchise being the last one stating: "If you'd asked me 14 years ago, there's no way I'd thought we'd be the last one".

After Alaska closings, just 1 Blockbuster left in US