Closures in Alaska leave U.S

Alaska's last two Blockbuster video rental stores will close this week and liquidate remaining inventory the stores' management announced Thursday. With the closure of the Alaska location only a single store will remain in the U.S

The video rental franchise's numbers were already dwindling, but after the announcement of the closures of the last two remaining stores in Alaska, is now down to one store in the United Stats.

"It's always kind of a kick in the trousers every time we close a store", explained Payne. They even have floppy disks and old computer systems, Harding told CNN.

With the closures, Blockbuster will be down to just one location left open in the entire USA: a store in Bend, Oregon. Some take photos, she said. "We have a bunch of 19-year-olds working here - it's fun explaining to them what a floppy disk is". But for many of us, a weekly trip to Blockbuster to check the new releases or browse the racks of older titles was a beloved ritual. The two stores will reopen on Tuesday in an effort to sell their remaining stock. I can't tell you how much it means to us.

A long, long time ago, people had to travel to brick and motor stores to pay money to rent movies.

It temporarily worked, according to Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska.

"We will miss all of you!" THR spoke to manager Sandi Harding about the honor of being the lone store left in the entire country.

And, she added, they plan on sticking around. But Daymude said it wasn't enough to counter a planned increase in the cost of his lease.




The company has faced fierce competition from online video streaming services such as Netflix and filed for bankruptcy protections in 2010. "It's hard to say goodbye".

"It just breaks your heart, you know?"

That revelation comes as a result of Alaska's final pair of Blockbusters announcing a closure which will begin next week.

Five years ago, there were 13 stores across The Last Frontier state. The one in Texas closed shop previous year.

Just a few months earlier, one of the Anchorage Blockbusters stores enjoyed a brief renaissance after John Oliver gifted it a jockstrap worn by Russell Crowe in the movie Cinderella Man.

Blockbuster, the movie-rental chain, was perhaps doomed to fail following the rise of video-streaming options.

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