Last Two Blockbuster Video Stores in Alaska Are Closing

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SYFY WIRE has also reached out to the Bend, Oregon store for comment.

It was announced just today that the final two Blockbuster stores in Alaska were closing. The stores will reopen at noon on July 17, staying open through August for inventory sales.

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. "We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years", Blockbuster Alaska wrote on its Facebook page on Thursday.

"I tell you, we're going to get a lot of traffic, is what I'm expecting", Daymude told the Associated Press.

So it seems like if you want to relive your greatest Blockbuster memories, you still have time. Now, the lone remaining Blockbuster store is in OR, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

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While Blockbuster has long since disappeared from most of the American landscape, it survived in a handful of locations in Alaska mostly thanks to slow internet speeds.

In April, John Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, sent the DeBarr, Anchorage store a significant amount of Russell Crowe memorabilia purchased from the actor's divorce auction, including the jockstrap from the 2005 boxing film Cinderella Man, in a last-ditch bid to keep the store open.

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.

In 2013, there were thirteen Blockbuster stores in Alaska, which fell to nine by 2016. Blockbuster's model, which brought the big-box store mentality to home entertainment, is particularly hard to maintain in that environment. Two locations in Alaska are set to close their doors this weekend.

Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy in 2010. The location has no plans of closing anytime soon, according to store general manager Sandi Harding. The movie and video game rental service was one of the most popular stores in the 90's and early 00's.

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