Last Two Blockbuster Video Stores in Alaska Are Closing

Danny Woods
July 14, 2018

During the last five years, locations that operated as licensed franchises were able to continue business under the Blockbuster name, which is how these three locations managed to stay around as long as they did.

In recent years, Blockbuster stores have vanished in most of the U.S. Its fellow OR stores, in Redmond and Sandy, have closed in recent months.

It was the great poet Percy Shelley who once wrote: "And on the pedestal, these words appear: My name is Blockbuster, Video Store of Video Stores; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

The stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks will close for rentals after Sunday night and reopen Tuesday for video liquidation sales through the end of August, said Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska.

To all of our valued customers, We regret to inform our customers that Blockbuster Video will be closing both the...

"It's kind of emotional", she said.

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We imagine you're now wondering where the last Blockbuster in the United States is. We have thought of you as family for the past 28 years.

We will miss all of you!

In May, John Oliver and HBO even donated a freakish assortment of Russell Crowe paraphernalia to one of the Anchorage stores that announced plans to close on Thursday. The Alaska stores were apparently actually profitable, according to Deadline, but not enough to justify renewing their leases.

He thanked customers in the Facebook post announcing the stores" closure: "Thank you for sticking by us throughout all these years. Kevin Daymude, Blockbuster Alaska general manager Kevin Daymude told CNN affiliate KTVA.

Blockbuster formally closed all company-owned stores by January 2014, leaving franchisees to fend for themselves. However, the unexpected boom of streaming services like Netflix dealt a blow to video stores that they could not recover from.

Blockbuster gave in and declared bankruptcy in 2010, and its remaining 1,700 stores were bought by Dish Network in 2011. In 2013, the store said it would shut down 300 stores and cut 3,000 jobs.

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